AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 845–853 | Cite as

Alcohol and Risky Sexual Behavior Among Heavy Drinking College Students

  • Lori A. J. Scott-Sheldon
  • Michael P. Carey
  • Kate B. Carey
Original Paper


Multiple event-level methodology was used to examine the relation between risky sexual behavior and alcohol use among sexually active, heavy drinking college students (N = 221). Using a structured timeline followback interview, participants reported their sexual, alcohol, and drug use behaviors over a 3-month period. Over 2,700 vaginal or anal sexual events were reported from 177 participants. Overall, condom use was not associated with heavy or non-heavy alcohol consumption among those reporting both sexual events concurrent with heavy drinking and when no alcohol was consumed. Results from multilevel regression analyses revealed a more complex pattern. Among women, but not men, less condom use was associated with steady versus casual sexual partners, but partner type interacted with alcohol consumption such that less condom use occurred when heavy drinking preceded sex with steady partners. At the event-level, alcohol consumption among heavy drinking college students leads to risky sexual behavior but the relation differs by gender and partner type.


Condom use Alcohol use HIV risk behavior Sexual behavior Event-level analysis 



This research was supported by grant R01-AA012418 from the National Institutes of Health. We thank the SURE Project team for help with data collection, Jamie R. Bolles for assistance with data entry, and Alecia M. Santuzzi, PhD, for her assistance with analyses.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lori A. J. Scott-Sheldon
    • 1
  • Michael P. Carey
    • 1
  • Kate B. Carey
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Health and BehaviourSyracurse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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