Association of acculturation with drinking games among Hispanic college students.

Seth J. Schwartz, Byron L. Zamboanga, Cara C. Tomaso, Karli K. Kondo, Jennifer B. Unger, Robert S. Weisskirch, Lindsay S. Ham, Alan Meca, Miguel Ángel Cano, Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Aerika S. Brittian, Sabrina E. Des Rosiers, Eric A. Hurley, Alexander T. Vazsonyi, Russell D. Ravert

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Objective : This cross-sectional study was conducted to investigate which components of acculturation relate to drinking games participation among Hispanic college students. We also sought to examine whether the relationships between acculturation and drinking games would differ from the associations between acculturation and other alcohol-related outcomes. Method : A sample of 1,397 Hispanic students aged 18–25 (75% women; 77% US-born) from 30 US colleges and universities completed a confidential online survey. Results : Associations among acculturative processes, drinking games participation, general alcohol consumption, and negative drinking consequences differed across gender. Most significant findings emerged in the domain of cultural practices. For women, US cultural practices were associated with greater general alcohol consumption, drinking games frequency, and amount of alcohol consumed while gaming, whereas for men, US cultural practices were associated with general alcohol consumption and negative drinking consequences. Conclusions : Hispanic and US cultural practices, values, and identifications were differentially associated with drinking games participation, and these associations differed by gender. It is therefore essential for college student alcohol research to examine US culture acquisition and Hispanic culture retention separately and within the domains of cultural practices, values, and identifications.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
StatePublished - 2014


  • Acculturation
  • alcohol
  • college students
  • drinking games
  • hispanics
  • problem drinking


  • Clinical Psychology
  • Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Psychology

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