Alcohol-related aggression and antisocial behaviour in sportspeople/athletes

Kerry S. O'Brien, Gregory S. Kolt, Matthew P. Martens, Ted Ruffman, Peter G. Miller, Dermot Lynott

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Objectives: There is no empirical research on alcohol-related aggression and antisocial behaviour in non-US collegiate athletes. The present study addressed this gap by examining these behaviours in Australian university sportspeople. Design: Cross-sectional. Methods: University sportspeople and non-sportspeople completed questionnaires on alcohol consumption, aggressive and antisocial behaviours (e.g., abused, hit or assaulted someone, made unwanted sexual advance, damaged property) when intoxicated. Participants also reported whether they had been the victim of similar aggressive or antisocial behaviours. Demographic data and known confounders were collected. Results: Hierarchical logistic regression models accounting for confounders and alcohol consumption scores found that university sportspeople were significantly more likely than non-sportspeople to have displayed aggressive behaviour (i.e., insulted or assaulted someone; OR 1.65, 95% CI: 1.19, 2.28, p=.003), and damaged property (. OR 1.98, 95% CI: 1.38, 2.84, p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-297
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


  • Aggression
  • Alcohol
  • Athletes
  • Drinking
  • Sexual assault
  • Sport


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