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Do college drinkers learn from their mistakes?

A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health examined whether recent alcohol-related consequences affect intentions to use protective drinking strategies. Responses were collected from incoming college freshmen (N = 84,367) at 279 U.S. colleges and universities.

Plans to limit future drinking were significantly lower among students who were male, younger, White, or were in or intending to join a fraternity or sorority. For heavy drinkers, having recently experienced a higher level of external harms predicted increased plans to limit drinking. For all drinkers, a lower level of recent impaired driving predicted increased plans to limit drinking. Limitations and implications are discussed.

Source: Do College Drinkers Learn from Their Mistakes? Effects of Recent Alcohol-Related Consequences on Planned Protective Drinking Strategies among College Freshmen. Nguyen N, Walters ST, Wyatt TM, Dejong W.  J Adolesc Health. 2013 Jun 11
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