Assessing whether religious behaviors and positive and negative affect are associated with alcohol use and abuse among a sample of college students living in the midwest

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2016-06
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Carmack, Chakema C.
Lewis, Rhonda K.
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Carmack, Chakema C.; Lewis-Moss, Rhonda K. 2016. Assessing whether religious behaviors and positive and negative affect are associated with alcohol use and abuse among a sample of college students living in the midwest. Journal of Religion and Health, June 2016, vol. 55:no. 3:pp 1107-1119

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Alcohol use and abuse are a problem on college campuses. Religious behaviors (religious attendance, prayer, and importance) have been shown to be a protective factor against alcohol use among college students. This study examined the role religious behaviors and positive and negative affect had on drinking (alcohol use and alcohol to intoxication). College students (765) completed an online survey. The results showed that college students who attended religious services were less likely to use alcohol than those who did not attend religious services. The results have important implications for college administrators and policy makers. Limitations and future research will be discussed.

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