The hazardous drinking games measure (HDGM): A multi-site implementation

Brian Borsari, Colleen Peterson, Byron L. Zamboanga, Christopher J. Correia, Janine V. Olthuis, Lindsay S. Ham, Joel Grossbard

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Background: Drinking game participation has been associated with increased frequency and quantity of alcohol use, as well as alcohol-related problems, in college students. To date, the assessment of drinking games typically entails the use of self-developed measures of frequency of participation and amount of alcohol consumed while playing. Objectives: The Hazardous Drinking Games Measure (HDGM) is the first effort to create a comprehensive yet concise method of assessing drinking game participation. The HDGM assesses drinking during games, the specific types of drinking games played, and negative consequences experienced as a result of playing drinking games. Method: Data from three samples of college students (n=1002) who completed the HDGM and other self-report questionnaires of drinking behaviors were used for exploratory analyses. Results: Exploratory analyses suggest that the HDGM adequately captures the nuances of drinking game participation in this population and demonstrates initial evidence of good content and criterion-related validity and test-retest reliability. However, the HDGM did not predict risky drinking above and beyond standard measures of drinks per week and alcohol-related problems in any samples. Conclusion: The HDGM may be useful for campus-wide assessment of drinking games and as a source of game-specific feedback when integrated into campus prevention and intervention efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-402
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 27 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol-related problems
  • Assessment
  • College students
  • Drinking games

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    Borsari, B., Peterson, C., Zamboanga, B. L., Correia, C. J., Olthuis, J. V., Ham, L. S., & Grossbard, J. (2014). The hazardous drinking games measure (HDGM): A multi-site implementation. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 40(5), 395-402.