We examined relationships among perceived alcohol availability, drinking location, alcohol consumption, and drinking problems. Subjects were 3,372 adolescent drinkers, ages 16-18, who participated in the Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol Project baseline survey. Mixed-model regression was employed to identify predictors of alcohol consumption and drinking consequences. Perceived alcohol availability was significantly associated with higher levels of alcohol consumption for males. Drinking in a public location, such as a bar, restaurant, or party, was marginally associated with higher levels of alcohol consumption for females. Results underscore the importance of youth alcohol assessibility.
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Preparation of this paper was funded in part by Grant 1 R01 A8596 (A. C. Wagenaar, Principal Investigatory) from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and start-up funds from the Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.
- Alcohol availability
- Alcohol consumption
- Drinking location
- Drinking problems