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Addict Behav. 2015 Feb;41:112-6. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.10.002. Epub 2014 Oct 7.

Frequency of drinking games participation and alcohol-related problems in a multiethnic sample of college students: do gender and ethnicity matter?

Author information

1
Smith College, USA. Electronic address: bzamboan@smith.edu.
2
Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines; De La Salle University, Philippines.
3
Smith College, USA.
4
University of Miami, USA.
5
University of Arkansas, USA.
6
Prevention Research Center, Berkeley, CA, USA.
7
University of Texas-Austin, USA.
8
Florida International University, USA.
9
Texas A&M University, USA.
10
University of Florida, USA.
11
University of Massachusetts-Amherst, USA.
12
Pomona College, USA.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

A drinking game (DG) is a high-risk, social drinking activity that consists of certain rules (i.e., when to drink and how much to consume) designed to promote inebriation and that requires each player to perform a cognitive and/or motor task (Zamboanga et al., 2013). Research suggests that non-White or female students who play DGs are at an increased risk of experiencing alcohol-related problems. Thus, this study examined whether the associations between DG participation and alcohol-related problems were similar for men and women and across ethnic groups.

METHOD:

College students (N=7409; 73% women; 64% White, 8% Black, 14% Hispanic, 14% Asian) from 30 U.S. colleges/universities completed self-report questionnaires.

RESULTS:

Controlling for age, site, Greek membership (i.e., membership in a fraternity or sorority), and typical alcohol consumption, results indicated that the association between DG participation and alcohol-related problems was stronger for men compared to women. With respect to ethnicity, the association between these variables was stronger among Black women than Black men.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings from this large-scale study highlight the need to closely investigate how gender and ethnicity moderate the associations between DG participation and alcohol-related problems. College intervention efforts designed to address high-risk drinking behaviors such as DG participation might consider paying close attention to ethnic minority populations, perhaps particularly Black women.

KEYWORDS:

Alcohol use; College students; Drinking games; Ethnicity; Gender

PMID:
25452053
DOI:
10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.10.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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