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Effects of Drinking Status and Believability of Ads Featured in a Social Norms Campaign on College Students' Estimation and Accuracy of Other Students' Celebratory Drinking

NCJ Number
Journal of Drug Education Volume: 41 Issue: 4 Dated: 2011 Pages: 391-404
Hee Sun Park, Ph.D.; Sandi Smith, Ph.D.; Katherine A. Klein, Ph.D.
Date Published
14 pages
This study investigated the association between the believability of social norms campaign advertisements and students' perception of the amount of alcohol consumption at celebratory drinking occasions.
This study examined estimation and accuracy of normative perceptions for students during one celebratory drinking occasion. Students who drank on St. Patrick's Day overestimated the percentage of others who also drank, whereas the students who did not drink on St. Patrick's Day underestimated the percentage of others who also did not drink. The students' drinking behaviors on St. Patrick's Day did not substantially differentiate their accuracy scores. However, of the students who drank on St. Patrick's Day, those who did not believe the ads showed stronger overestimation of others who drank than did those who believed the ads. (Published Abstract)