Adverse consequences of student drinking

the role of sex, social anxiety, drinking motives

Melissa M. Norberg*, Jake Olivier, Dion M. Alperstein, Michael J. Zvolensky, Alice R. Norton

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study examined whether biological sex, social anxiety, and drinking motives relate differently to distinct types of alcohol-related consequences using Poisson regression. One hundred eighteen college students completed self-report measures assessing drinking motives and social anxiety and an interview assessing alcohol consumption and consequences. Highly socially anxious women were particularly apt to experience adverse role functioning consequences, while men were particularly apt to experience physical consequences. Although highly socially anxious women reported more personal consequences than did women with low to moderate social anxiety, men with low to moderate social anxiety reported experiencing more social and personal consequences than did women with low to moderate social anxiety. When taking into consideration the above associations, coping motives were statistically associated with social consequences and marginally related to personal consequences, while enhancement motives were significantly associated with physical consequences. Targeting these factors may lead to effective interventions for individuals with co-occurring social anxiety and drinking problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)821-828
Number of pages8
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Volume36
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes

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