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Solitary-Specific Drinking to Cope Motives Explain Unique Variance in Solitary Drinking Behavior but not Alcohol Problems Compared to General Drinking to Cope Motives

In this study, researchers compared solitary-specific drinking to cope motives with general drinking to cope motives in their ability to predict solitary drinking behavior and alcohol problems. Participants were 307 underage drinkers who completed online surveys to identify solitary alcohol use, general and solitary-specific coping motives, and alcohol problems. Both solitary-specific and general coping motives were associated with a greater percentage of total drinking time spent alone. However, solitary-specific motives accounted for greater variance than general motives. In addition, both general and solitary-specific coping motives were associated with alcohol problems.

This paper, “Solitary-specific drinking to cope motives explain unique variance in solitary drinking behavior but not alcohol problems compared to general drinking to cope motives,” was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) and published in the journal PLOS one.

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