Alcohol, masculinity, honour and male barroom aggression in an Australian sample

Miller, Peter, Wells, Samantha, Hobbs, Rhianna, Zinkiewicz, Lucy, Curtis, Ashlee and Graham, Kathryn 2014, Alcohol, masculinity, honour and male barroom aggression in an Australian sample, Drug and alcohol review, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 136-143, doi: 10.1111/dar.12114.

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Title Alcohol, masculinity, honour and male barroom aggression in an Australian sample
Author(s) Miller, PeterORCID iD for Miller, Peter
Wells, Samantha
Hobbs, Rhianna
Zinkiewicz, LucyORCID iD for Zinkiewicz, Lucy
Curtis, AshleeORCID iD for Curtis, Ashlee
Graham, Kathryn
Journal name Drug and alcohol review
Volume number 33
Issue number 2
Start page 136
End page 143
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2014-03
ISSN 0959-5236
Keyword(s) aggression
heavy episodic drinking
social honour
Summary Introduction and Aims
The link between alcohol and men's aggression is well established, although growing evidence also points to individual and learned social factors. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationships between male alcohol-related aggression (MARA) among young Australian men and heavy episodic drinking, trait aggression, masculinity, concerns about social honour and expected positive consequences of MARA.

Design and Methods

The total sample comprised 170 men aged 18–25 years who completed an online questionnaire exploring beliefs and attitudes towards MARA.


Those who reported heavy episodic drinking were more likely to be involved in an incident of MARA. In addition, those who were involved in MARA had higher levels of trait aggression, concern for social honour and expected positive consequences of aggression in bars than did those without such involvement. The relationship between socially constructed masculinity factors (a combined variable reflecting masculinity, social honour and expected positive consequences) and MARA was mediated by heavy episodic drinking. Social honour accounted for almost all of the predictive power of masculinity factors. Heavy episodic drinking and trait aggression remained significant predictors of MARA in a multivariate model.

Discussion and Conclusions

The findings from the current study may assist in developing preventative techniques for young men which target masculinity concerns and the consequences of participating in MARA.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/dar.12114
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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