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J Am Coll Health. 2012;60(4):310-5. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2011.599351.

A study of alcohol use by designated drivers among college students.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

College students tend to drink while serving as a designated driver (DD). The predictors of alcohol use by DDs among college students were examined.

PARTICIPANTS:

Participants were 119 undergraduate students in introductory psychology courses who had experience with DD use.

METHODS:

Survey data were analyzed to examine the predictors of planning components of DD use, such as choosing a DD before drinking and choosing an abstinent DD, and the relations of these components to alcohol use by DDs.

RESULTS:

History of DD use, friends' willingness to be the DD, frequency of riding with a driver who drank and drove, and age of drinking onset were associated with planning components of DD use. Among the planning components of DD use, choosing a DD before drinking was significantly related to less alcohol use by DDs.

CONCLUSIONS:

Increasing awareness of the planning components of DD use could deter alcohol use by DDs among college students.

PMID:
22559090
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