Alcohol Consumption and Attitudes to Violence among College Students

Drinking alcohol in a convivial social setting led to less favorable attitudes to violence and an apparent increase in pro-social feelings. These were the findings of two separate experiments with undergraduate students who were drinking in a familiar social setting. They were contrary to the hypothesis that alcohol consumption would lead students to more positive attitudes to violence when intoxicated or drunk.

These findings support research evidence that the effects of alcohol on behavior are strongly affected by situational factors.



  • Mitchell, I.J., Rutherford, V., Wrinch, K. and Egan, V. Paradoxical effects of alcohol intake in a convivial social setting on attitudes to violence, Addiction Research & Theory, 2008, 16(5), 503-513.