Alcohol mixed with energy drink use during young adulthood

Megan E. Patrick, Phil Veliz, Ashley Linden-Carmichael, Yvonne M. Terry-McElrath

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    Aims: Alcohol mixed with energy drink (AmED) use is associated with negative consequences including hazardous alcohol use and driving under the influence. While many studies have focused on correlates of AmED use among college samples, very few have examined patterns of AmED use during adolescence and young adulthood within the general population. Accordingly, the purpose of this study is to assess age differences in AmED use among a national sample of respondents aged 18 to 30. Methods: The data for this study come from the Monitoring the Future panel study from 2012 to 2015. The sample consists of 2222 respondents between the ages of 18 and 30. Multiple logistic regression using generalized estimating equations (GEE) was used to model past-year AmED prevalence across age and other covariates. Results: Nearly half (45.0%) of respondents indicated past-year AmED use at some point during the study period. The lowest prevalence rates were found at age 18 (25.9%) and the highest prevalence rates at age 21/22 (43.5%). GEE analyses indicated a statistically significant positive linear and negative quadratic trend with respect to the association between age of respondent and past-year AmED use. Namely, peak use occurred in early young adulthood (age 21/22 and 23/24) and then declined, reaching 32.0% by age 29/30. College attendance and several substance use behaviors at age 18 moderated these linear and quadratic age trends. Conclusions: AmED use peaked rapidly in early young adulthood and declined into later young adulthood. Substance use during adolescence was associated with a higher incidence of AmED use across all young adult ages and a slower decline of AmED use after age 21/22. Several sociodemographic factors were associated with AmED use, particularly college attendance at the age of 21/22.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)224-230
    Number of pages7
    JournalAddictive Behaviors
    StatePublished - Sep 2018

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    Funding Information:
    Development of this manuscript was supported by research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse ( R01DA037902 and P50DA039838 ) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism ( R01AA023504 ). Data collection and manuscript preparation were supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse ( R01DA001411 and R01DA016575 ). The study sponsors had no role in the study design, collection, analysis or interpretation of the data, writing of the manuscript, or the decision to submit the paper for publication. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the study sponsors. Appendix A

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    © 2018 Elsevier Ltd


    • Alcohol
    • Alcohol mixed with energy drinks
    • College
    • Energy drinks
    • Young adults


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