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Studies examining family history of alcohol abuse among college students are not only conflicting, but have suffered various limitations. The current report investigates family history of alcohol abuse (FH+) and its relationship with alcohol expectancies, consumption, and consequences. In the current study, 3753 student participants (35% FH+), completed online assessments. Compared to FH−same-sex peers, FH+ males and FH+ females endorsed greater overall positive expectancies, consumed more drinks per week, and experienced more alcohol-related negative consequences. Further, FH+ females evaluated the negative effects of alcohol to be substantially worse than FH− females. An ANCOVA, controlling for age, GPA, race, and alcohol expectancies, resulted in family history main effects on both drinking and consequences. An interaction also emerged between gender and family history, such that FH+ males were especially vulnerable to high levels of alcohol consumption. Results reveal the scope of FH+ individuals in the college environment and the increased risk for these students, particularly male FH+ students, suggesting a need for researchers and college health personnel to focus attention and resources on this issue.
This is an author-manuscript of an article accepted for publication in Addictive Behaviors following peer review. The version of record: LaBrie, J. W., Migliuri, S., Kenney, S. R., & Lac, A. (2010). Family History of Alcohol Abuse Associated With Problematic Drinking Among College Students. Addictive Behaviors, 35(7), 721–725. is available online at: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2010.03.009.
LaBrie, J. W., Migliuri, S., Kenney, S. R., & Lac, A. (2010). Family History of Alcohol Abuse Associated With Problematic Drinking Among College Students. Addictive Behaviors, 35(7), 721–725. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2010.03.009