Alexander H. D. Crooke BSocSc (Hons), Research Assistant, Sophie C. Reid MPsych (Clinical), PhD, Research fellow, Sylvia D. Kauer BBehavSci (Hons), PhD, Scholar, Dean P. McKenzie BA (Hons), PhD, NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow & Honourary Research Fellow, NHMRC Postdoctoral Fellow & Senior Research Fellow, Stephen J. C. Hearps BPsych, PGDipPsych, Research Assistant/Data Analyst, Angela S. Khor BA (Hons), Research Assistant, Andrew B. Forbes BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, Professor and Head of Research Methodology Division.
Temporal mood changes associated with different levels of adolescent drinking: Using mobile phones and experience sampling methods to explore motivations for adolescent alcohol use
Article first published online: 24 FEB 2013
© 2013 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
Drug and Alcohol Review
Volume 32, Issue 3, pages 262–268, May 2013
How to Cite
[Temporal mood changes associated with different levels of adolescent drinking: Using mobile phones and experience sampling methods to explore motivations for adolescent alcohol use. Drug Alcohol Rev 2013;32:262–268], , , , , , .
- Issue published online: 16 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 24 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 3 AUG 2012
- Murdoch Childrens' Research Institute Project
- Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program
Introduction and Aims
Alcohol use during adolescence is associated with the onset of alcohol use disorders, mental health disorders, substance abuse as well as socially and physically damaging behaviours, the effects of which last well into adulthood. Nevertheless, alcohol use remains prevalent in this population. Understanding motivations behind adolescent alcohol consumption may help in developing more appropriate and effective interventions. This study aims to increase this understanding by exploring the temporal relationship between mood and different levels of alcohol intake in a sample of young people.
Design and Methods
Forty-one secondary school students used a purpose-designed mobile phone application to monitor their daily mood and alcohol use for 20 random days within a 31 day period. Generalised estimating equations were used to examine the relationship between differing levels of alcohol consumption (light, intermediate and heavy) and positive and negative mood three days before and after drinking episodes.
While there was no relationship between light and heavy drinking and positive mood, there was an increase in positive mood before and after the drinking event for those that drank intermediate amounts. No statistically significant relationships were found between negative mood and any of the three drinking categories.
Discussion and Conclusion
Adolescents who drank in intermediate amounts on a single drinking occasion experienced an increase in positive mood over the three days leading up to and three days following a drinking event. These findings contribute to an understanding of the motivations that underpin adolescent alcohol use, which may help inform future interventions.