Examining the associations among severity of injunctive drinking norms, alcohol consumption, and alcohol-related negative consequences: The moderating roles of alcohol consumption and identity

Melissa A. Lewis, Clayton Neighbors, Irene Markman Geisner, Christine M. Lee, Jason R. Kilmer, David C. Atkins

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Abstract

This study examined a range of injunctive norms for alcohol use and related consequences from less severe behaviors (e.g., drinking with friends) to more severe behaviors (e.g., drinking enough alcohol to pass out), and their relationship with alcohol consumption and alcohol-related negative consequences among college students. In addition, this research aimed to determine whether these relationships between injunctive norms and consequences were moderated by alcohol consumption and level of identification with the typical same-gender college student. A random sample (N = 1,002) of undergraduates (56.9% women) completed a Web-based survey that was comprised of measures of drinking behavior, perceived approval of drinking behaviors that ranged in severity (i.e., injunctive norms), and level of identification with the typical same-gender college student. Results suggest that the association between negative consequences and injunctive drinking norms depend on one's own drinking behavior, identification with other students, and the severity of the alcohol use and related consequences for which injunctive norms are assessed. Findings are discussed in terms of false consensus and false uniqueness effects, and deviance regulation perspectives. Implications for preventive interventions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-189
Number of pages13
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2010

Keywords

  • Alcohol-related negative consequences
  • College student drinking
  • Identity
  • Injunctive norms
  • Social norms

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