Mating Mind During Drinking: an Evolutionary Perspective

EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium
Volume 7, Issue 1, 2015-2017

Mating Mind During Drinking: an Evolutionary Perspective

Aung, T.

Despite the fact that alcohol consumption has been strongly linked to negative health outcomes (Rehm, Gmel, Sempos, & Trevisan, 2003), alcohol consumption, including binge drinking, seems to be prevalent and socially acceptable (Guise and Gill, 2007). Although not the only explanation for drinking behaviors, the common practices of drinking, especially among college students, can be explained using an evolutionary perspective as it relates to mate selection. Male-to-male intense intrasexual competitions such as drinking game participation and bar fights can be explained in terms of sexual selection. In this paper, I also examine male risk taking behaviors and female mating courtship strategies under the influence of alcohol, explaining how drinking behaviors can be associated with certain reproductive outcomes. Testable novel hypotheses and predictions with regard to mating mindsets and behaviors during drinking are also introduced.


How to cite this article:
Aung, T. (2016). Mating mind during drinking: An evolutionary perspective. The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium7(1), 95-112.