Relationships among alcohol availability, drinking location, alcohol consumption, and drinking problems in adolescents

Rhonda Jones-Webb, Traci L. Toomey, Brian Short, David M. Murray, Alexander Wagenaar, Mark Wolfson

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1261-1285
Number of pages25
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume32
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Alcohol availability
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Drinking location
  • Drinking problems

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