Who needs liquor stores when parents will do? The importance of social sources of alcohol among young urban teens

Mary O. Hearst, Jayne Fulkerson, Mildred M. Maldonado-Molina, Cheryl L. Perry, Kelli A. Komro

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Abstract

Objectives.: Examine sources of alcohol over time in a large, ethnically diverse adolescent population from a poor, urban environment. Methods.: Surveys were administered at four time points (6th-8th grades) assessing demographic characteristics, past year alcohol use and sources of alcohol to youth in Chicago, Illinois 2002-2005. Growth curve analysis was used to examine alcohol access trends among all alcohol using youth and consistent alcohol users. Interactions by race and gender were tested. Results.: Social sources of alcohol were the most prevalent source over time. Parents were the primary source of alcohol, but their prominence significantly decreased over time. Taking alcohol from home, and getting alcohol from other adults, individuals under age 21, and commercial sources significantly increased as sources of alcohol over time. Males were significantly more likely than females to get alcohol from commercial sources and friends' parents. Conclusions.: Greater attention for reducing social access to alcohol, particularly among parents, is needed for alcohol prevention efforts prior to and during middle school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)471-476
Number of pages6
JournalPreventive medicine
Volume44
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Alcohol
  • Alcohol sources
  • Commercial
  • Diverse
  • Group-randomized trial
  • Growth curve modeling
  • Intervention
  • Prevention
  • Project Northland Chicago
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Social access
  • Urban

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