Environmental influences on young adult drinking

Alexander C. Wagenaar, Traci L. Toomey, Kathleen M. Lenk

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Policy measures intended to control alcohol use and related problems have seldom been specifically targeted toward the entire group of young people between the ages of 18 and 25. Research evaluating these policies also tends not to focus on the 18-25 age group but, rather, on 18- to 20-year-olds or the adult population as a whole. Furthermore, some studies of alcohol control policies are cross-sectional and thus can offer only tentative information about the causes of results observed. Despite these limitations, the current literature does offer evidence for the effectiveness of particular alcohol control measures deserving of trials and further study among young adults. These measures affect the availability of alcohol, social messages about alcohol, and enforcement of current laws.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-235
Number of pages6
JournalAlcohol Research and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2005


  • AOD (alcohol and other drug) consumption
  • AODR (alcohol and other drug related) interpersonal and societal problems
  • Alcoholic beverage
  • Environmental-level prevention
  • Social policy prevention approach
  • Underage drinking
  • Undergraduate student
  • Young adult


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