Prospective Associations of 12th-Grade Drinking Intensity and Age 19/20 Driving-Related Consequences

Rebecca J. Evans-Polce, Megan E. Patrick, Patrick M. O'Malley

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Purpose The purpose of this study is to examine driving-related consequences associated with levels of drinking intensity among a national sample of young adult drinkers. Methods Data come from a nationally representative sample of 12th graders sampled annually in 2005–2014 with subsamples surveyed at age 19/20 years. Multivariable logistic regressions examined associations of 12th-grade drinking intensity (0–4, 5–9, 10–14, and 15+ drinks in a row) with driving consequences at age 19/20 years. Results Twelfth-grade binge drinkers (compared with nonbinge drinkers) were more likely to experience negative driving consequences at age 19/20 years. Among binge drinkers, 15+ drinkers (compared with 5–9 drinkers) in 12th grade had increased the risk of negative drinking consequences at age 19/20 years. Conclusions These results suggest that while underage binge drinkers are at an increased risk for having driving consequences, those who engage in higher intensity drinking are at even greater risk for these consequences. High-intensity drinkers may require additional screening or intervention to reduce future driving-related consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-391
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by awards from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (R01AA023504 to M.E.P.) and from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (R01DA001411 and R01DA016575 to Lloyd Johnston).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine


  • Drinking intensity
  • Driving consequences
  • High-intensity drinking
  • Young adulthood


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