Identifying Factors That Increase the Likelihood for Alcohol-Induced Blackouts in the Prepartying Context
Source: Substance Use & Misuse, Volume 46, Number 8, May 2011 , pp. 992-1002(11)
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Abstract:The present study examined risk factors related to ““blacking out”” (e.g., temporary periods of memory loss during drinking) during preparty drinking events (i.e., pregaming, predrinking). Participants were students from two universities on the West Coast who reported past month prepartying (N == 2,546) in online surveys administered in the fall of 2008. Among these students, 25%% (N == 636) reported blacking out during at least one occasion in which they prepartied in the past month. A logistic regression model underscored that Greek student affiliation, family history of alcohol abuse, frequency of prepartying, and both playing drinking games and consuming shots of liquor while prepartying increased the likelihood of blacking out. Limitations and implications for future research and collegiate prevention strategies are discussed.
Document Type: Original article
Affiliations: 1: 1Department of Psychology, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA 2: 2Department of Psychology, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA 3: 3Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Publication date: 2011-05-01