College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Social Influences on Alcohol Consumption by Black and White Males

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1982

Keywords

Adolescent, African Americans, Alcohol Drinking, Competitive Behavior, Imitative Behavior

Publication Title

Addictive Behaviors

ISSN

0306-4603

Volume

7

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

Thirty-two black and 32 white male normal drinkers participated in a beer taste test either simultaneously (co-action condition) with a heavy drinking black or white experimental accomplice or white the accomplice completed an art rating task (control observer condition). Subjects in the co-action condition drank significantly more beer (p < .001) than subjects in the control observer condition, regardless of their race or the race of the accomplice. Subjects' post-experimental questionnaire answers indicated they did not perceive themselves to be in competition with the accomplice. The mechanism underlying the robust co-action facilitation effect on drinking, now demonstrated in several studies and extended to black males in the present study, remains unexplained.

DOI

10.1016/0306-4603(82)90031-4