Date of Award

January 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Daphne Pedersen


College alcohol use remains a major public health concern, particularly on campuses in the Midwest. Heavy drinking has been linked to a number of deleterious consequences, ranging from poor academic performance and early school exit to injury or death. Many of the negative consequences linked to alcohol use carry with the possibility of regret. The purpose of this study is to explore the types of alcohol-related regret, any gender and class level differences in regret, and whether students become hesitant to drink alcohol after such a regret occurs. Data used for the study came from semi structured interviews with undergraduates enrolled at the University of North Dakota (N = 16). This study shows that relational regret is the most commonly reported regret among both men and women, and among students of all class levels. Half of the participants reported being hesitant to drink in the future after their regret.