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Malt Liquor Cell Phone Study

Collins | Vincent

In this study, Principal Investigator Dr. R. Lorraine Collins of UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions examined the use of alcohol (including malt liquor) and other substances during the developmental period of young adulthood (ages 18 to 30 years). Malt liquor is a unique, high-alcohol-content (six-11 percent alcohol/volume) beer that is packaged in 40 oz. containers. The study employs a daily process approach involving innovative cellular monitoring (cell phones and interactive voice response). Participants reported in real time on their substance use, mood, motives, peer social influences and contexts. Results will provide information on patterns of substance use and the antecedents and correlates of use within and between individuals. Findings could contribute to the development of substance-specific prevention and treatment strategies. Dr. Collins’ co-investigator is RIA’s Dr. Paula C. Vincent. This project is funded by NIAAA with support provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to Dr. Collins, subaccount to RIA, 2009-2012.