Alcohol Expectancies as a Mediator of the Relationship Between Injury and Readiness to Change Drinking Behavior

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There is a well-established relationship between alcohol expectancies and drinking behavior. The purpose of the present study was to extend the literature by examining the role of alcohol expectancies in determining readiness to change drinking behavior among injured emergency department patients who screened positive for hazardous drinking. Negative expectancies were found to partially mediate the relationships of alcohol-related injuries and injury aversiveness to readiness to change drinking behavior. Results suggest that negative alcohol expectancies are a potential means of increasing patients' readiness to change drinking behavior.

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