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Drinking location and pregaming as predictors of alcohol intoxication among mandated college students

A special June issue of the journal Substance Use & Misuse seeks to address a number of topics on pregaming among US college students.

Both drinking location and pregaming have been associated with heavy alcohol use among college students, yet the manner by which they uniquely contribute to alcohol intoxication remains unclear. One study featured in the issue examined how drinking location and pregaming related to alcohol intoxication among college students.

Between 2011 and 2012 college students who reported drinking prior to their referral events (N = 212, 41% female, 80% White, Mage = 19.4 y) completed a computerised assessment of drinking location and related behaviours as part of larger research trial.

The results indicate that participants were most likely (44%) to report drinking in off-campus housingprior to the referral event, and approximately 47% reported pregaming. Alcohol intoxication on the night of the referral event differed significantly as a function of both drinking location and pregaming, but pregaming did not moderate the association between drinking location and alcohol intoxication among students. Female birth sex, pregaming, and drinking at either fraternities or off-campus housing predicted greater levels of alcohol intoxication on the night of the referral incident, while drinking in a residence hall/dorm predicted lower intoxication.

Drinking location and pregaming are distinct predictors of alcohol intoxication among college students, the authors conclude. Future interventions may benefit from targeting both where and how college students consume alcohol.

Source: Drinking location and pregaming as predictors of alcohol intoxication among mandated college students Miller MB; Borsari B; Fernandez AC; Yurasek AM; Hustad JT Substance Use and Misuse Vol 51, No 8, 2016, pp983-992.

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