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Do we get by with a little help from our friends?: Social drinking and risk-taking behaviour

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>03/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>PsyPAG Quarterly
Issue number102
Number of pages5
Pages (from-to)16-20
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The independent roles of social influence and alcohol consumption on risk-taking behaviour have been well researched within the psychological literature. However, the investigation of how all three of these variables interact is both diminutive and inconsistent. That is, there is no general consensus as to whether groups are beneficial or detrimental to alcohol-induced risk-taking. A review of the literature suggests that the relationship between these variables may not be straightforward, and thus a multifaceted approach with consideration of both individual differences and group characteristics may shed light on the complex relationship between social influence and alcohol-induced risk-taking. Subsequently, investigations could potentially identify effective strategies towards targeting sensible drinking in light of social contexts.