Drinking games among university students in five countries: Participation rates, game type, contexts, and motives to play

Mcinnes, Alison and Blackwell, David (2021) Drinking games among university students in five countries: Participation rates, game type, contexts, and motives to play. Addictive Behaviors, 119. p. 106940. ISSN 0306-4603

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.106940

Abstract

The study is based on the results of the questionnaire administered to 306 Social Work students from five universities/countries of which 72.2% are females, with a mean age of 22.6 years. This included students in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. A high proportion of students, irrespective of gender, or country of domicile, stated that they participated in DGs. To ‘meet people’ and ‘to get drunk’ are the most important reasons stated for DG participation. Less benign motives, to ‘control others’ or ‘get other people drunk’, are reported as ‘not important’. The most common types of DGs were consumption and team DGs. The pre-partying involved in DGs and associated consequences show important targets in alcohol harm minimization interventions. Harm minimization/public health messages regarding safer drinking need to recognize that younger students often feel they are immortal and do not fully appreciate risks and adverse effects of DGs and drink to have fun and be sociable.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcohol, University students, Drinking games, Drinking game motives, Drinking game types
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2021 08:16
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 16:46
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45970

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