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Measure of Risky Drinking in Transgender vs. Cisgender College Students

Researchers conducted a web survey among first-year college students comparing rates of alcohol use and, specifically, alcohol related blackouts (ARBs) of transgender students to those of cisgender students. Transgender students were found to consume greater amounts of alcohol more frequently than their cisgender counterparts and were more likely to report an ARB incident. Drinking motivations cited by transgender students included stress-reduction, social anxiety, and self-esteem issues. Male-to-female students yielded higher values than female-to-male for nearly all measures. Transgender students are at a higher risk for dangerous drinking behaviors in their first year of college. Programs tailored to this specific population are needed to address their unique circumstances and reduce potential negative outcomes.

The study “Alcohol-Related Blackouts, Negative Alcohol-Related Consequences, and Motivations for Drinking Reported by Newly Matriculating Transgender College Students,” is published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism supported this research effort.

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