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This study compares the natural drinking patterns of family history positive and family history negative women during their first semester of college, a transitional period known to coincide with considerable alcohol-related risks.
Seventy-two incoming undergraduate females, approximately half of whom reported a family history of alcohol misuse, completed initial questionnaires as well as Timeline Followback assessments. In addition, participants completed five successive weeks of online behavioral diaries measuring three categories of prospective alcohol consumption: total drinks, maximum drinks, and heavy episodic drinking events. Repeated measures ANCOVA models, controlling for prior alcohol consumption, examined participants’ drinking behavior.
Over the course of the five assessed weeks, first semester females with a genetic predisposition to alcohol problems were found to consume significantly more total drinks (p < .05), maximum drinks (p < .05), and were more likely to drink heavily (p < .05) than family history negative peers.
Findings highlight increased alcohol-related risks faced by incoming first-year college females with a reported family history of problematic drinking and, thus, emphasize the need for early interventions targeted toward this at-risk group.
This is an author-manuscript of an article accepted for publication in Addictive Behaviors following peer review. The version of record: LaBrie, J. W., Kenney, S. R., Lac, A., & Migliuri, S. F. (2009). Differential Drinking Patterns of Family History Positive and Family History Negative First Semester College Females. Addictive Behaviors, 34(2), 190–196. is available online at: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2008.10.012.
LaBrie, J. W., Kenney, S. R., Lac, A., & Migliuri, S. F. (2009). Differential Drinking Patterns of Family History Positive and Family History Negative First Semester College Females. Addictive Behaviors, 34(2), 190–196. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2008.10.012