Childhood trauma and alcohol consumption

The primary purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between childhood trauma and negative alcohol related consequences in college students. Current membership in a Greek organization, perceived parental alcohol consumption and religiosity were also examined as predictors of negative alcohol related consequences. The participants of this study were recruited through undergraduate psychology courses at California State University, Stanislaus. Surveys were administered online through Qualtrics, an online data collection system. The current study found that the number of traumatic events during childhood was a significant predictor of alcohol related consequences. Perceptions of parental drinking and religiosity, however, were not significant predictors of alcohol related consequences. Furthermore, both childhood trauma and religiosity were significant predictors of negative emotion related consequences. Increased exposure to childhood trauma was associated with increased consequences, whereas increased religiosity was associated with fewer consequences. Perceptions of parental drinking was not a significant predictor of non-emotional alcohol related consequences or alcohol related emotional consequences.