Drinking motives predict alcohol-related problems

Drinking motives predict alcohol-related problems

ABSTRACT. Objective: Motives for drinking have been linked to alcohol consumption patterns as well as alcohol related problems. This model bypasses the ambiguous negative-personal/positive-social classification by dividing motives into mature and immature. Motivational models for drinking also need to have predictive power independent of other variables associated with alcohol related problems. This study replicates and extends that of Carey and Correia (1997) by evaluating the relationship between drinking motives and alcohol- related problems, after accounting for high- risk consumption and gender. Method: Subjects are 354 male and female nightclub goers, selected randomly from 8 Cape Town nightclubs, who filled in 3 self- report inventories. Results. Hierarchical regression techniques revealed that gender, consumption and drinking motives accounted for 43.8% of the variance in problem drinking. Gender was not significant in the complete model. Alcohol consumption was found to mediate the relationship between drinking motives and drinking problems, but drinking motives were found to also have significant unique predictive power. Conclusions: Drinking motives were found to operate indirectly and/both directly to account for drinking problems.

 

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