Social anxiety, alcohol expectancies, and self-esteem and their correlation to alcohol consumption

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Timmins, Katie
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study examined the relationship between social anxiety, self-esteem, and alcohol expectancies in regard to alcohol consumption. These variables have been noted to alter the amount of alcohol consumed, but have yet to be examined together. Gender, relationship status, and age were also examined in separate analyses. Participants (N-132) were recruited via purposive sampling, as only adults were permitted to partake, through the publication of an online survey. Multiple regression was used to determine if there was such link, though this proved to be insignificant for social anxiety, and self-esteem. Alcohol expectancies, however, did yield a significant result, thus giving an indication of the underlying factors of problem drinking. Similarly, gender did have a significant effect on drinking, but age did not. Further implications are discussed throughout.