Examining Reasons for Alcohol and Cannabis Nonuse in College Students
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On a given nonuse day (at the within-person level), “work” and “school” were reasons associated with having no plan to use alcohol and “to feel in control” was linked to having no plan to use cannabis. “Did not want to get high” was related to forgoing plans (did not use when originally planned) for alcohol use at the within-person level. At the between-person level, “no desire” was associated with no plans for alcohol or cannabis use and “did not want to get high” was related to no plans for cannabis use. “School” and “could not get” were related to forgoing plans for alcohol and cannabis use, respectively, at the between-person level. The researchers theorized that reasons for nonuse can inform intervention and prevention strategies (e.g., those involving social norms or just-in-time adaptive efforts) for alcohol and cannabis use on college campuses.
This paper, “Forgoing plans for alcohol and cannabis use in daily life: Examining reasons for nonuse when use was planned in a predominantly white college student sample,” was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.