Assessing the relationship between neuropsychological constructs and alcohol use among college students
This study investigated the relationship between alcohol use and the neuropsychological constructs of executive cognitive functions and visual-spatial abilities in a sample of predominately first-year college students. Previous research investigating the relationship between these functions and alcohol use in social-drinker populations is equivocal. For this study, N = 94 participants were divided into two groups (frequent heavy drinking and non-heavy drinking) based upon their self-reported drinking. They were assessed through a brief battery of neuropsychological assessment instruments, behavior rating scales, and alcohol-use measures. Results showed greater and more frequent alcohol use and related negative consequences for those students classified as heavy drinkers than those classified as non-heavy drinkers. The groups, however, were generally indistinguishable based on their performance on neuropsychological tests, though the heavy-drinking students did report more disinhibited and impulsive behavior. Potential explanations for these results, limitations of the study, and directions for future research on college drinking are identified. ^
Health Sciences, Public Health|Psychology, Cognitive
Louis Francis Ruffolo,
"Assessing the relationship between neuropsychological constructs and alcohol use among college students"
Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access).