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Psychol Addict Behav. 2014 Sep;28(3):682-95. doi: 10.1037/a0036639.

Not just fun and games: a review of college drinking games research from 2004 to 2013.

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1
Department of Psychology.
2
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University.
3
Loyola Marymount University.
4
Department of Psychology, Auburn University.
5
Department of Psychology, University of Chicago.
6
Department of Psychological Science, University of Arkansas.
7
Providence VA Medical Center.

Abstract

Drinking games are a high-risk social drinking activity consisting of rules and guidelines that determine when and how much to drink (Polizzotto et al., 2007). Borsari's (2004) seminal review paper on drinking games in the college environment succinctly captured the published literature as of February 2004. However, research on college drinking games has grown exponentially during the last decade, necessitating an updated review of the literature. This review provides an in-depth summary and synthesis of current drinking games research (e.g., characteristics of drinking games, and behavioral, demographic, social, and psychological influences on participation) and suggests several promising areas for future drinking games research. This review is intended to foster a better understanding of drinking game behaviors among college students and improve efforts to reduce the negative impact of this practice on college campuses.

PMID:
25222171
PMCID:
PMC4356507
DOI:
10.1037/a0036639
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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