Drinking Behavior of High Risk College Men: Contradictory Preliminary Findings

Arthur I. Alterman, K. Robert Bridges, Ralph E. Tarter

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Seventeen high risk and seventeen low risk college‐aged men were compared with respect to drinking behavior/problems and certain implicated personality characteristics. The low risk subjects were, surprisingly, found to drink and become intoxicated more frequently than high risk subjects. They also reported significantly higher sensation seeking scores. This latter variable accounted for the greatest amount of variance in both risk status and frequency of drinking. By contrast, high risk subjects reported somewhat more lifetime alcohol‐related symptomatology and significantly more preaduK antisocial symptoms. Preadult antisocial symptoms, alone, explained 39% and 29%, respectively, of the variance in alcohol‐related symptoms and the amount consumed on a typical drinking day. The implications and limitations of the findings with respect to the development of alcoholism are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-310
Number of pages6
JournalAlcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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