Female alcohol consumption, motivations for aggression and aggressive incidents in licensed premises

Newberry, M. and Williams, N. and Caulfield, L. (2013) Female alcohol consumption, motivations for aggression and aggressive incidents in licensed premises. Addictive Behaviors, 38 (3). pp. 1844-1851. ISSN 03064603 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Research into the relationship between alcohol and aggression has previously focused on men. However, in recent years there has been an increase in binge drinking and violent crime among women, behaviours which have been labelled 'ladette' culture in the UK. The current study advances the literature in this area by investigating the relationship between alcohol consumption and aggressive behaviour of females in licensed premises, including the type of aggression and motivations for aggressive incidents. Ninety-three female university students completed the Student Alcohol Questionnaire (SAQ; Engs, 2002), the Aggression Questionnaire (Buss & Perry, 1992) and a questionnaire developed to measure self-reported aggressive incidents. Females who had been involved in an aggressive incident reported spending more time on average in licensed premises per week and higher levels of aggression as well as consuming significantly more alcohol on the day of the incident than females who had not been involved in an aggressive incident. Contrary to expectations, however, those who had been involved in an aggressive incident did not report drinking more beer (a male-orientated drink) than those who had not. Verbally aggressive incidents were reported more than physically aggressive incidents, and aggression was commonly motivated by an emotional reaction or to address a grievance. The finding that average alcohol consumption per week was significantly associated with female aggression in licensed premises highlights the importance of developing interventions to reduce alcohol consumption among young females. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aggression, Alcohol, Females, Licensed premises, Violence, adult, age, aggression, alcohol consumption, anger, article, beer, drinking behavior, emotionality, female, gender, hostility, human, motivation, questionnaire, self report, university student, verbal hostility, Adolescent, Adult, Aggression, Alcohol Drinking, England, Female, Humans, Motivation, Public Facilities, Restaurants, Self Report, Time Factors, Violence, Young Adult
Subjects: C800 Psychology
L300 Sociology
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA23: Sociology
Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 14:31
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2017 14:31
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2704

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