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Students who refer to alcohol use & drunkenness on Facebook are more likely to be at risk for problem drinking

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Students who refer to alcohol use & drunkenness on Facebook are more likely to be at risk for problem drinking

Post  Admin on Sun Oct 09, 2011 12:57 pm

Associations Between Displayed Alcohol References on Facebook and Problem Drinking Among College Students

Megan A. Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH; Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH; Katie G. Egan, BSN; Libby N. Brockman, BS; Tara Becker, PhD
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. Published online October 3, 2011.


Objective- To examine the associations between displayed alcohol use and intoxication/problem drinking (I/PD) references on Facebook and self-reported problem drinking using a clinical scale.

The study included undergraduate students (age range, 18-20 years) at 2 state universities with public Facebook profiles.
The profiles were categorized into 1 of 3 distinct categories: Nondisplayers, Alcohol Displayers, and I/PD Displayers.

Conclusions- Displayed references to I/PD were positively associated with AUDIT scores suggesting problem drinking as well as alcohol-related injury. Results suggest that clinical criteria for problem drinking can be applied to Facebook alcohol references.

Thus, students who refer to alcohol use and drunkenness on Facebook are more likely to be at risk for problem drinking. This indicates the way Facebook and other social networking sites could possibly be used identify behavioral problems that might go otherwise unreported.

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Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine


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