The role of personality variables in drinking game participation

Andrea R. Diulio, Mark M. Silvestri, Christopher J. Correia

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Drinking games are prevalent among college student and associated with increased risk of experiencing negative alcohol-related consequences. Personality variables, and specifically impulsivity and sensation seeking, have been linked to increased alcohol consumption and related negative consequences, but research on the relationship between personality and drinking game participation is limited. The current study used path analysis to assess the impact of sensation seeking and impulsivity on frequency of drinking game participation and related consequences in a sample of undergraduate college students. Findings suggest that sensation seeking and impulsivity are positively associated with frequency of drinking game participation. Both impulsivity and sensation seeking had a direct effect on negative consequences associated with drinking games, and both had an indirect relationship when controlling for the frequency of drinking game participation. The results are largely consistent with previous studies in suggesting that impulsivity and sensation seeking play a role in predicting risky alcohol use and related negative consequences. Understanding the relationship between personality variables and negative drinking game consequences may better inform the treatment of hazardous drinking among college students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1159-1162
Number of pages4
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol
  • College students
  • Drinking games
  • Personality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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