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Few studies examine changes in drinking behavior during the transition from high school to college. Using a sample of 239 first-year males, we hypothesized that participants would increase drinking from pre-college to the first month of college. Results reveal a general trend toward increased drinking upon entering college. Caucasians increased drinking more than non-Caucasians. Social expectancies of alcohol moderated increases in drinking behavior. These findings indicate that differential changes in drinking behavior occur among incoming college males. Interventions with college students need to address both preventing heavy consumption and alcohol-related problems in pre-college light drinkers and in reducing these behaviors among pre-college heavy drinkers.

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This is an author-manuscript of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse. The published version of this record is available online at doi: 10.1080/15470650802526500.

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LaBrie, J., Lamb, T., & Pedersen, E. (2008). Changes in Drinking Patterns Across the Transition to College Among First-Year College Males. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 18(1), 1–15.

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