Findings from the UTE!

Of 6,391 eligible, first-time UT students (between 17-19 years), 4,832 consented to participate in the “UT Experience!” study. Most of you completed annual or semi-annual surveys, others completed 1 or 2 surveys, and some of you came to our laboratory for additional studies. Here are some findings from the UTE that you helped us discover!  References are provided for those of you interested in reading more.


People’s beliefs about how alcohol affects them, how much others drink and approve of drinking, and why they drink help explain decisions to start and/or continue drinking. Patel, A.B., & Fromme, K. (2010). In L.M. Scheier (Ed.), Handbook of drug use etiology: Theory, methods, and empirical findings (pp. 147-164). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.