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Coll Stud J. 2013 Spring;47(1):96-101.

The Disparity between Social Drinking Motives and Social Outcomes: A New Perspective on College Student Drinking.

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  • 1Department of Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Abstract

Students report drinking for social reasons, yet the social benefits of alcohol use are less understood. Associations between social drinking motives, drinking behaviors, and college friendships were examined via in-person interviews with 72 college freshmen from a large Midwestern University. Social drinking motives were significantly associated with drinking behaviors; however, drinking behaviors were not associated with the number of new casual or close friends students made at college. Consistent with previous research, social motives predicted drinking behaviors; however drinking behaviors were unrelated to friendship outcomes. Drinking prevention campaigns might incorporate these findings in an effort to alter college freshmen's social alcohol expectancies.

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adolescent development; alcohol; freshmen; friendships; motives

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24634551
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PMC3952875
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