October 11, 2013

PERSONALITY TRAITS AND ALCOHOL MISUSE: A LONGITUDINAL STUDY ON AN AUSTRALIAN ADOLESCENT POPULATION

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) have published a poster on their website presenting the results of a study titled "Associations between personality traits and alcohol misuse: A longitudinal study on an Australian adolescent population."  This study followed 605 students attending 7 different schools in New South Wales and attempted to look at the links between externalising symptoms (like impulsivity and sensation seeking), internalising symptoms (like negative thinking and anxiety) and later alcohol misuse.  The researchers found that impulsivity and sensation seeking predicted alcohol misuse at 6 and 12 month follow-up, whereas negative thinking and anxiety did not.  Other research shows that both pathways can lead to later alcohol problems, so it's possible that impulsivity and sensation seeking predicts early onset problematic alcohol use, whereas the internalising symptoms like negative thinking and anxiety may predict later alcohol misuse.

Download "Associations between personality traits and alcohol misuse: A longitudinal study on an Australian adolescent population." (956KB PDF)