Title

Positive Drinking Consequences Are Associated With Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Problems Among Veterans Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder

Abstract

Background: Military service is associated with increased rates of heavy drinking. Widely used clinical practices (e.g., motivational interviewing) indicate that addressing both negative and positive drinking consequences is essential to effective treatment. However, research on effectively assessing positive drinking consequences in a clinical population is absent. Aims: The current study (1) evaluated the utility of the Positive Drinking Consequences Questionnaire (PDCQ), a measure previously validated in an undergraduate sample, for use with treatment-seeking veterans, and (2) evaluated relationships between positive drinking consequences and alcohol expectancies, pre-treatment alcohol use, and alcohol-related problems. Method: Ninety-seven veterans seeking treatment for alcohol problems completed an anonymous survey (97.9% male; mean age = 49.76[11.40], 67.0% Caucasian). Results: The PDCQ evidenced a single factor latent structure and internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha = .90). Positive drinking consequences and expectancies were related yet distinct constructs. After controlling for demographic factors, experiencing more positive drinking consequences at program intake was associated with heavier pretreatment drinking ((2)(p) = .10, p = .003) and alcohol-related problems ((2)(p) = .18, p < .001). Further, PDCQ scores evidenced incremental validity in accounting for pretreatment alcohol use ((2)(p) = .12, p = .002) and alcohol-related problems ((2)(p) = .11, p = .003) when expectancies also were included in the model. Conclusion: Positive drinking consequences are assessed reliably by the PDCQ in a clinical sample and appear to play an important role in the drinking behavior of veterans seeking alcohol treatment.

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Publication Date

10-9-2015

Publication Title

Substance Use & Misuse

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.3109/10826084.2015.1013133

Keywords

Veterans, Alcohol expectancies, Positive drinking consequences, Alcohol-related problems

Language

English

Format

text

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