Title

Perception Of Male Drinkers As A Function Of Their Alcoholic Beverage Preference

Title - Alternative

J. Stud. Alcohol

Keywords

Drinking; Substance Abuse; Psychology

Abstract

The present study examined perception of a man's likelihood of driving after drinking and his ability to do so as a function of his choice of beverage. Perceptions of his social characteristics were also examined. The sample was composed of 200 volunteer undergraduate psychology students. Equal numbers of male and female subjects read one of four vignettes which varied only in the male protagonist's choice of beverage: beer, wine, shots of distilled spirits, or cola. After reading the story, subjects answered multiple-choice questions about the character, tapping social judgments, situational judgments and drinking and driving judgments. Subject drinking habits were also assessed. The most notable result was the consistently positive perception of the protagonist portrayed as an abstainer. The lack of a consistent alcoholic beverage distinction implies that the beer-spirits double standard is far from a clear-cut discrimination. Possible explanations for results are discussed. This study questions the robustness of the alcoholic beverage type bias and reflects the need for future research.

Publication Title

Journal of Studies on Alcohol

Volume

54

Issue/Number

3

Publication Date

1-1-1993

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

315

Last Page

319

WOS Identifier

WOS:A1993KY47000008

ISSN

0096-882X

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