Problematic Alcohol Consumption in College Students During a Pandemic

Lauren Haus, Dr. Rose Marie Ward, Department of Kinesiology, Miami University, 501 E High St, Oxford, OH 45056

Alcohol is a public health problem among college students. The purpose of this study is to better understand what factors amplify problematic alcohol consumption among college students during a global pandemic. Previous research has linked problematic alcohol consumption to locus of control, drinking motives, and depression such that high levels of the aforementioned factors relate to higher levels of alcohol consumption. However, it is unknown if the relationship between these factors persist during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The data will be collected from a mid-sized, midwestern university using snowball sampling methods. This study will be using the Drinking Related Internal External (DRIE) Locus of Control Scale, DMQ-R Drinking Motives Questionnaire - Revised, and the Helplessness, Hopelessness, and Haplessness (HHH) scale to determine what type of factors influence the desire to drink. It is expected that internal factors will influence drinking during a global pandemic more so than external factors. The data collection is ongoing, and the implications of this study are to understand why one might increase their drinking habits during a global pandemic to assist in alcohol prevention in college students.  

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Lauren Haus

Institution: Miami University

Type: Poster

Subject: Psychology

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 10
Date/Time: Wed 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session Number: 6619