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“Risky business”: The college transition, loneliness, and alcohol consumption


Author(s): McBroom, E., Fife, E. M., & Nelson, C. L.

Citation: McBroom, E., Fife, E. M., & Nelson, C. L. (2008). “Risky business”: The college transition, loneliness, and alcohol consumption. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 20(2), 45-64.

 

Abstract

A total of 296 students at a large southeastern university completed a series of measures designed to assess the connection between loneliness and alcohol use in the first college year. Results showed a somewhat surprising negative relationship between loneliness and alcohol consumption: As loneliness decreased, consumption increased. The researchers suggested that this relationship may be due to the social nature of alcohol consumption on college campuses.

 

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