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The Influence of Different Stressors on Alcohol Consumption and Binge Drinking

Cunneen, Colm (2019) The Influence of Different Stressors on Alcohol Consumption and Binge Drinking. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Throughout literature, alcohol consumption has very often been used as a method to cope with stress. Many studies have also documented, more specifically, binge drinking as a method to deal with this stress. This study looks at if average stress, interpersonal stress, work stress and college stress will all predict both general alcohol consumption and binge drinking if controlled for in a singular model. 136 participants were recruited for this study via convenience sampling. 85 females and 51 males took part. As not all participants attended both college and work, 112 of these 136 participants completed the questions relating to work stress and 65 of the 136 participants recorded answers about attending college. The ages of participants ranged from 18 to 75. Two multiple regression models were ran to investigate if these stressors predicted alcohol consumption in the first model and binge drinking in the second model. Results showed that average stress was a significant predictor of alcohol consumption and that college stress was a significant predictor of both alcohol consumption and binge drinking. This study had its limitations in that alcohol consumption and binge drinking were self-report measures, convenience sampling was used, and the sample size was relatively small. These findings could have implications in helping students to find better ways to cope with college stress other than drinking alcohol.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Specific Industries > Hospitality Industry
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Stress (Psychology)
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 30 May 2019 14:31
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 14:31
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3785

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