Talking Point: Why do young people use alcohol?


This event was one of our Talking Point series. It was delivered on 27 June 2018.

The presentation provides an overview of the theoretical foundations of contemporary drinking motive research; the Motivational Model of Alcohol Use (Cox and Klinger). It clarifies the relationship between personality factors, alcohol expectancies and drinking motives.

The presentation taps into cross-cultural differences and similarities of drinking motives and to what degree they can be transferred to other domains of young people‚Äôs functioning.

It elaborates on the link between motives and characteristics of the situations in which alcohol use takes place including preloading. The origins of drinking motives in childhood are also covered.



Emmanuel Kuntsche is trained in Psychology, Sociology, Public Health  and Statistics. He is one of the leading drinking motive researchers worldwide.

In 2010, he initiated and conducted the largest cross-cultural drinking motives study to date, including 33,813 alcohol-using students from 13 European countries. He currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands.