Disinhibited characteristics and binge drinking among university student drinkers

Scott R. Carlson, Season C. Johnson, Pauline C. Jacobs

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Binge drinking is a major problem at North American universities. Disinhibited traits have provided insight on other patterns of alcohol involvement, but less is known about how they relate to bingeing. Drinkers at a large urban university (n = 293) completed the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale 11 (BIS-11), the Aggression Questionnaire, and the Thrill and Adventure Seeking and Boredom Susceptibility scales. Binge drinking was assessed using the NIAAA recommendation for standardizing binge frequency. Hierarchical regression was used to evaluate relationships between disinhibited traits and bingeing. BIS-11 Motor Impulsiveness, Thrill and Adventure Seeking and Boredom Susceptibility predicted bingeing. As about 15% of the variability in bingeing was due to disinhibition facets, they should be considered in future models of student vulnerability to bingeing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-251
Number of pages10
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2010

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by faculty start-up funds supplied to the first author by the University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Arts.

Funding Information:
The contributions of the second author were supported by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Master's Scholarship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. Neither UBC nor SSHRC had a role in the study design; data collection, analysis or interpretation; writing of the manuscript; or the decision to submit the paper for publication. The first author designed the study and protocol. The first and second authors contributed to data analysis. All three authors contributed to the interpretation of the data and the writing of the paper, with the first author being chiefly responsible for these contributions. All authors have approved of the final manuscript.


  • Aggression
  • Binge drinking
  • Disinhibited personality
  • Impulsivity
  • Sensation seeking
  • Student drinking


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