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Paul Tremblay, Ph.D.


Past research has shown that heavy episodic drinking by college students is associated with decreased academic achievement. The purpose of this study was to test academic motivation as a mediator for the relationship between drinking and academic achievement. It was hypothesized that heavy episodic drinking decreases academic motivation, which subsequently decreases academic achievement. Four hundred and fifteen first-year students (255 female, 160 male) completed 26 weekly online questionnaires about their drinking behaviours and academic motivation. Academic motivation was found to mediate the drinking - achievement relationship for mean number of drinks and heavy episodic drinking, but only for females. Also, students in different faculties differed in their levels of drinking and academic motivation.