Reasons to reduce alcohol consumption in university students

  • Karina Conde Instituto de Psicología Básica, Aplicada y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata; CONICET, Argentina
  • Raquel Inés Peltzer Instituto de Psicología Básica, Aplicada y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata; CONICET, Argentina
  • Aldana Lichtenberger Instituto de Psicología Básica, Aplicada y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata; CONICET, Argentina
  • Lucas Tosi Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata; Subsecretaría de Salud Mental y Atención a las Adicciones, Argentina
  • Mariana Cremonte Instituto de Psicología Básica, Aplicada y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata; CONICET, Argentina
Keywords: reasons, to reduce, alcohol consumption, university students


The reasons to reduce alcohol consumption may be defined as the causes leading a person to decrease alcohol consumption or to stay sober. This topic is not often widely studied, particularly in Latin American countries and at-risk populations. The aim of this sequential exploratory research was to explore, through an open question, the reasons why university students (N = 100) of the city of Mar del Plata, Argentina, changed their alcohol consumption. Additionally, the description was based on previous heavy episodic alcohol consumption, disorders caused by alcohol use, and participants’ gender. The results indicate that almost all studied groups reduced alcohol consumption due to their distaste or indifference for the substance. However, when disorders caused by alcohol use were severe or moderate, differences were observed. The theoretical contributions of this research are discussed, including the understanding of what leads each group to change its alcohol consumption, and the implications for the development of specific interventions based on this information.


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Conde, K., Peltzer, R., Lichtenberger, A., Tosi, L., & Cremonte, M. (2017, November 30). Reasons to reduce alcohol consumption in university students. LIBERABIT. Revista Peruana De Psicología, 23(2), 247 - 258.
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