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The authors examined the phenomenon known to college students as prepartying, which is the consumption of alcohol prior to attending an event or activity (eg, party, bar, concert) at which more alcohol may be consumed.
To explore the extent of this behavior, the authors surveyed 227 college students about each drinking event over a 1-month period.
Principal results revealed that 64% of participants engaged in prepartying (75% of drinkers) and that prepartying is involved in approximately 45% of all drinking events. Prepartying was predictive of more drinking throughout the day of the drinking event and alcohol-related negative consequences. Men and women engaged in this behavior at similar rates, and prepartying was most related to social reasons for drinking.
Because prepartying is well-known among students, the authors suggest that clinicians and researchers target it to better understand college drinking and to help students understand the associated dangers.
This is an author-manuscript of an article accepted for publication in Journal of American College Health following peer review. The version of record: Pedersen, E. R., & LaBrie, J. (2007). Partying Before the Party: Examining Prepartying Behavior Among College Students. Journal of American College Health : J of ACH, 56(3), 237–245 is available online at: http://doi.org/10.3200/JACH.56.3.237-246.
Pedersen, E. R., & LaBrie, J. (2007). Partying Before the Party: Examining Prepartying Behavior Among College Students. Journal of American College Health : J of ACH, 56(3), 237–245. http://doi.org/10.3200/JACH.56.3.237-246