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Facebook Activity Used to Measure Alcohol Use Behaviors in College Students

Researchers conducted a study to determine if a 10-item alcohol-related Facebook® activity (ARFA) questionnaire could predict alcohol use patterns in college students. Participants took the questionnaire while logged into their Facebook accounts which measures postings related to alcohol use and intoxication within the last 30 days. Participants then completed a series of additional questionnaires of alcohol use. Analyses found the ARFA scores were accurate predictors of alcohol use and were consistent with the results of the additional questionnaires. The ARFA may be a useful research tool to identify risky alcohol use behaviors.

The study “Alcohol-Related Facebook Activity Predicts Alcohol Use Patterns in College Students,” is published in Addiction Research & Theory. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences supported this research effort.

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