College Drinking among Latinos(as) in the United States and Mexico
Article first published online: 21 SEP 2012
Copyright © American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
The American Journal on Addictions
Volume 21, Issue 6, pages 544–549, November/December 2012
How to Cite
Ceballos, N. A., Czyzewska, M. and Croyle, K. (2012), College Drinking among Latinos(as) in the United States and Mexico. The American Journal on Addictions, 21: 544–549. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2012.00269.x
- Issue published online: 21 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 21 SEP 2012
- Received March 21, 2011; revised June 7, 2011; accepted August 15, 2011.
Background and Objectives: Existing studies of Latino(a) college students in the United States suggest that self-reported alcohol consumption tends to be higher among males, and that drinking among Latinas is often influenced by social and contextual factors. The current study extended this work by examining both self-reported drinking levels and predictors of drinking among Latino(a) college students in the United States and Mexico (MX).
Methods: Latino(a) college students (N = 376) from three universities in the South Central United States and Northern Mexico completed pencil-and-paper surveys about alcohol.
Results: US Latino students (vs. MX males), reported drinking more frequently and had more positive expectancies about alcohol. Latinas in the United States (vs. MX females) were more likely to report regular drinking. Across countries, both female gender and the Mexican orientation component of acculturation predicted lower reported alcohol consumption. Positive expectancies about drinking predicted increased drinking.
Conclusions and Scientific Significance: Self-reported college drinking and expectancies about alcohol may differ subtly among individuals in the United States and Mexico based on gender and endorsement of traditional Mexican values. These findings could ultimately be applied to the development of more tailored programs for the treatment and prevention of alcohol abuse on college campuses. (Am J Addict 2012;21:544–549)