Perceived Sexual Benefits of Alcohol Use among Recent High School Graduates: Longitudinal Associations with Drinking Behavior and Consequences

Sonya S. Brady, J. Michael Wilkerson, Rhonda Jones-Webb

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In this research study of 153 college-bound students, perceived sexual benefits of alcohol use were associated with greater drinking and related consequences during the senior year of high school and freshman year of college. Perceived benefits predicted drinking outcomes during fall after adjustment for gender, sensation seeking, parental education, and the corresponding outcome in high school. Inadequately addressed concerns about sexual pleasure may lead to high-risk drinking among subsets of youth. Sexuality education programs delivered in high school should address concerns about sexual pleasure and highlight advantages of refraining from alcohol use with respect to developing healthy and satisfying relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-328
Number of pages20
JournalAmerican Journal of Sexuality Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was funded through an award made by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools (Q184H090009-10; PI: Sonya S. Brady, PhD). Interpretations of data and conclusions contained in this manuscript are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the funding agency. We acknowledge and thank our program officer, Amalia G. Cuervo, LPC, as well as individuals who were instrumental in developing and implementing the larger project from which the present study arose: James H. Rothenberger III, MPH; Traci L. Toomey, PhD; Jerry Rinehart, MBA, MA; Amelious N. Whyte, Jr.; Tayne DeNeui, MPH; Jerri Kjolhaug, MPH, RD; Barbara Dahlquist, BS; and Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, in his role as director and chief health officer of Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota. We also acknowledge and thank students who entered and verified data: Patrick D. Hilden; Lee M. McKenna; James R. Miller; Jacob Edwards; Maria Bollensen; Mia Cheri Taylor Clark; Pertesia Gadson.


  • adolescence
  • alcohol
  • expectancies
  • perceived benefits
  • sexuality education


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