ABSTRACT

This study was to investigate the concept of alcohol use as coping, developing items which measure alcohol use as coping with stresses directly. Participants were 413 college students (208 males and 205 females) whose ages ranged from 18 to 31 (M=21.65, SD=2.05). For this study, coping motives for alcohol use, and expectancy of enhancing sociality and tension-reduction from alcohol use as well as life stresses of college students and alcohol use as coping. Factor analysis revealed that 12 items of measuring alcohol use as coping retained just 1 factor and showed satisfactory internal consistency. Especially, alcohol use as coping was correlated with interpersonal stresses, and it only accounted approximately 7% variance of life stresses of college students. Concept of alcohol use as coping was discussed with results of this study and previous studies.

KEYWORD

alcohol use, stress, coping, motivation for alcohol use, alcohol expectancy

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