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Addict Behav. 2003 Jul;28(5):1007-12.

Predictors of change in binge drinking over a 3-month period.

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Dapartment of Psychology, University of Texas at El Paso, Room 224, El Paso, TX 79968, USA.


Self-efficacy and positive and negative alcohol expectancies have been associated with drinking reduction for some groups, but the relationship of these constructs with changes in high-risk binge drinking behavior among young adults over time is poorly understood. Seventy-six young adults between the ages of 18-32 were recruited to examine this question. Lower self-efficacy and greater positive alcohol expectancies predicted greater numbers of follow-up binge drinking episodes, and greater positive alcohol expectancies predicted greater follow-up alcohol consumption. Young adults with lower self-efficacy, and greater numbers of positive alcohol expectancies may be at risk for experiencing a worsening binge pattern over time.

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