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.


Alcohol has both physiological and psychological effects. Physiological effects are due to chemical or biological changes, whereas psychological effects are related to expectancies, or the beliefs about how alcohol affects behavior. Patel, A.B., & Fromme, K. (2010). In. I. Stolerman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Psychopharmacology, Vol. 1 (pp. 517-520). Berlin/Heidelberg, Germany: Springer‐Verlag.