Determinants and effects of Pre-drinking

Kim M Caudwell, Martin S. Hagger

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Pre-drinking is the practice of consuming alcohol, usually in a private residence, prior to a social event, and is often linked to excessive alcohol consumption in a short period. Like other patterns of heavy episodic drinking, pre-drinking has deleterious health and social effects including risk of accidents, involvement in social disorder, and reduced functioning. Studies investigating pre-drinking determinants have been informed by theories of motivation and social cognition. Studies have established inebriation and ‘having fun’, instrumentality (cost, alcohol availability), social enhancement/social ease/conviviality, intimate pursuit, perceived barriers, implicit alcohol identity, and perceived control as determinants of pre-drinking. There are few theory-based interventions to reduce pre-drinking, and interventions have typically had modest effects. Future intervention research needs identify appropriate change techniques and account for socio-structural determinants of pre-drinking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Psychological Perspectives on Alcohol Consumption
EditorsRichard Cooke, Dominic Conroy, Emma Louise Davies, Martin S. Hagger, Richard O. de Visser
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-66941-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-66940-9
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2021
Externally publishedYes


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