The Effects of Life Stress, Depression and Drinking Motives on Problem Drinking among College Students

대학생의 생활스트레스, 우울, 음주동기가 문제음주에 미치는 영향

  • Received : 2017.02.15
  • Accepted : 2017.05.12
  • Published : 2017.05.31


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of life stress, depression, and drinking motives on problem drinking among college students. The subjects were 249 college students and data were collected through a self-reported structured questionnaire from Nov to Dec 2016. Collected data were analyzed by descriptive statistics, ANOVA, Pearson's correlation, and stepwise multiple regression. The findings showed that drinking motives were the biggest factor influencing their problem drinking with coping, social, enhancement and conformity motives exerting special effects on it. As for correlations with problem drinking, interpersonal and ongoing task stress of life stress had positive correlations with problem drinking. Coping, social, enhancement, and conformity motives also had positive relations with problem drinking. Drinking motives had critical effects on the problem drinking of college students with coping, social, and enhancement motives strongly impacting on it. The findings necessitate examining the drinking motives of college students to make them choose to drink including negative emotions, social activities, and gatherings in order to prevent their problem drinking. These factors could explain 33% of the problem drinking. It is also required to develop methods for them to utilize resources other than drinking and run drinking education and temperance programs at the school level.


Depression;Dringking;Drinking motivation;Life stress;Problem dringking


Supported by : Jungwon University


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