The Relationship Between Fear of Missing Out and Health-Conscious Drinking in College Students

Jessica Cefalo & Dr. Rose Marie Ward, Department of Kinesiology and Health, Miami University, 501 E High St. Oxford, OH 45056.

Alcohol consumption is an increasing problem on college campuses. With increasing alcohol consumption also comes many negative consequences associated with drinking alcohol. For example, alcohol consumption is linked to sexual and physical assault, vehicle accidents, and even death. One study found that 32% of college students meet criteria to diagnose them with alcohol abuse disorders. However, health-conscious drinking is increasing among college students. Health-conscious drinking includes the desire to avoid weight gain due to alcohol consumption (e.g., drunkorexia type behaviors). This study compares the level of fear of missing out (FoMO) to the level of health-conscious drinking behaviors. There is little research analyzing health-conscious behaviors in college students, especially when analyzing health-conscious alcohol consumption. The objective of this study is to examine the rates of FoMO among college students and compare those rates to health-conscious alcohol consumption. It is hypothesized that students who have higher rates of FoMO will have increased rates of alcohol consumption. It is also hypothesized that students with higher rates of FoMO will also have increased rates of health-conscious drinking and health-conscious drinking motives. Data collection is ongoing and future implications will be discussed. 


Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Jessica Cefalo

Institution: Miami University

Type: Poster

Subject: Psychology

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 10
Date/Time: Wed 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session Number: 6612