The role of drinking motives in social anxiety and alcohol use

Lindsay S. Ham, Michel Bonin, Debra A Hope

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

74 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Although social anxiety and problem drinking commonly co-occur, the relationship between social anxiety and drinking among college students is not well understood. The current study examined the relationship between drinking motives, or reasons for drinking, and social anxiety in 239 volunteers. Contrary to hypotheses, high (n = 83), moderate (n = 90), and low (n = 66) social anxiety groups did not differ in endorsement of coping and conformity drinking motives. Further, social anxiety was negatively related to weekly alcohol use and unrelated to alcohol-related problems. Post hoc hierarchical multiple regression analyses conducted for each social anxiety group indicated that coping motives were related to greater alcohol use and problems for those in the high and moderate social anxiety groups, but not for the low social anxiety group. It appears that drinking motives, particularly coping motives, have promise in providing a greater understanding of the social anxiety-drinking relationship. Drinking motives could aid in identification of socially anxious students at risk for alcohol problems and inform intervention strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)991-1003
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume21
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 12 2007

Fingerprint

Drinking
Anxiety
Alcohols
Social Problems
Volunteers
Regression Analysis
Students

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • College students
  • Coping
  • Drinking motives
  • Social anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Cite this

The role of drinking motives in social anxiety and alcohol use. / Ham, Lindsay S.; Bonin, Michel; Hope, Debra A.

In: Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Vol. 21, No. 8, 12.10.2007, p. 991-1003.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ham, Lindsay S. ; Bonin, Michel ; Hope, Debra A. / The role of drinking motives in social anxiety and alcohol use. In: Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 2007 ; Vol. 21, No. 8. pp. 991-1003.
@article{1ecc200953124631bb7b70a4419904ca,
title = "The role of drinking motives in social anxiety and alcohol use",
abstract = "Although social anxiety and problem drinking commonly co-occur, the relationship between social anxiety and drinking among college students is not well understood. The current study examined the relationship between drinking motives, or reasons for drinking, and social anxiety in 239 volunteers. Contrary to hypotheses, high (n = 83), moderate (n = 90), and low (n = 66) social anxiety groups did not differ in endorsement of coping and conformity drinking motives. Further, social anxiety was negatively related to weekly alcohol use and unrelated to alcohol-related problems. Post hoc hierarchical multiple regression analyses conducted for each social anxiety group indicated that coping motives were related to greater alcohol use and problems for those in the high and moderate social anxiety groups, but not for the low social anxiety group. It appears that drinking motives, particularly coping motives, have promise in providing a greater understanding of the social anxiety-drinking relationship. Drinking motives could aid in identification of socially anxious students at risk for alcohol problems and inform intervention strategies.",
keywords = "Alcohol, College students, Coping, Drinking motives, Social anxiety",
author = "Ham, {Lindsay S.} and Michel Bonin and Hope, {Debra A}",
year = "2007",
month = "10",
day = "12",
doi = "10.1016/j.janxdis.2006.10.014",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "21",
pages = "991--1003",
journal = "Journal of Anxiety Disorders",
issn = "0887-6185",
publisher = "Elsevier Limited",
number = "8",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The role of drinking motives in social anxiety and alcohol use

AU - Ham, Lindsay S.

AU - Bonin, Michel

AU - Hope, Debra A

PY - 2007/10/12

Y1 - 2007/10/12

N2 - Although social anxiety and problem drinking commonly co-occur, the relationship between social anxiety and drinking among college students is not well understood. The current study examined the relationship between drinking motives, or reasons for drinking, and social anxiety in 239 volunteers. Contrary to hypotheses, high (n = 83), moderate (n = 90), and low (n = 66) social anxiety groups did not differ in endorsement of coping and conformity drinking motives. Further, social anxiety was negatively related to weekly alcohol use and unrelated to alcohol-related problems. Post hoc hierarchical multiple regression analyses conducted for each social anxiety group indicated that coping motives were related to greater alcohol use and problems for those in the high and moderate social anxiety groups, but not for the low social anxiety group. It appears that drinking motives, particularly coping motives, have promise in providing a greater understanding of the social anxiety-drinking relationship. Drinking motives could aid in identification of socially anxious students at risk for alcohol problems and inform intervention strategies.

AB - Although social anxiety and problem drinking commonly co-occur, the relationship between social anxiety and drinking among college students is not well understood. The current study examined the relationship between drinking motives, or reasons for drinking, and social anxiety in 239 volunteers. Contrary to hypotheses, high (n = 83), moderate (n = 90), and low (n = 66) social anxiety groups did not differ in endorsement of coping and conformity drinking motives. Further, social anxiety was negatively related to weekly alcohol use and unrelated to alcohol-related problems. Post hoc hierarchical multiple regression analyses conducted for each social anxiety group indicated that coping motives were related to greater alcohol use and problems for those in the high and moderate social anxiety groups, but not for the low social anxiety group. It appears that drinking motives, particularly coping motives, have promise in providing a greater understanding of the social anxiety-drinking relationship. Drinking motives could aid in identification of socially anxious students at risk for alcohol problems and inform intervention strategies.

KW - Alcohol

KW - College students

KW - Coping

KW - Drinking motives

KW - Social anxiety

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=35148871321&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=35148871321&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.janxdis.2006.10.014

DO - 10.1016/j.janxdis.2006.10.014

M3 - Article

C2 - 17275253

AN - SCOPUS:35148871321

VL - 21

SP - 991

EP - 1003

JO - Journal of Anxiety Disorders

JF - Journal of Anxiety Disorders

SN - 0887-6185

IS - 8

ER -