Faculty Articles

Title

Social Influences on Alcohol Consumption by Black and White Males

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1982

Publication Title

Addictive Behaviors

Volume

7

Issue/Number

1

First Page

87

ISSN

0306-4603

Last Page

91

Abstract/Excerpt

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

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