Alcohol use and the intercollegiate athlete: The influence of type of sport

Keitha Simone Moseley, University of Texas at El Paso


This study was designed to fill in some voids in the existing literature on college athletes and their use of alcohol. It examined differences in alcohol use and alcohol consequences based on type of sport (i.e. team and individual sports). The participants were 212 athletes from the University of Texas at El Paso, ranging in age from 16 to 25 years. The total sample consisted of 73 individual sport athletes and 139 team sport athletes from 12 sports. The athletes' alcohol use, consequences and motives were examined via three self report assessments: Rutgers Alcohol Problem Index, Drinking Motives Measure, and Daily Drinking Questionnaire. Results indicated that athletes in team sports did not drink significantly more or experience significantly more negative alcohol related consequences than those involved in individual sports. The study did find that male athletes drank significantly more than female athletes. The study also revealed that the African American athletes drank significantly less than any other ethnic group. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Clinical

Recommended Citation

Moseley, Keitha Simone, "Alcohol use and the intercollegiate athlete: The influence of type of sport" (2006). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1435314.