Are Punishment-Avoiding College Students Protected From Excessive Alcohol Consumption?


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Abstract

Personality and affective statistical predictors of alcohol consumption were assessed among 154 college students who were administered a test of alcohol consumption; personality scales to measure reward seeking, socialization, and punishment avoidance; and scales to measure positive affect and negative affect under 3 conditions (how participants usually felt and how they expected to feel after drinking a small and a large amount of alcohol). Hierarchical regression analysis indicated that alcohol consumption was predicted by gender, reward seeking, socialization, punishment avoidance, and expectations of positive and negative affective change after consuming a large amount of alcohol. Stepwise regression analysis revealed 3 unique contributors to alcohol consumption: gender, punishment avoidance, and expected negative affective change after consuming a large amount of alcohol.

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