Violence victimization of young men in heterosexual relationships: does alcohol outlet density influence outcomes?

Violence Vict. 2012;27(4):527-47. doi: 10.1891/0886-6708.27.4.527.


This study examined whether alcohol outlet density is associated with male physical and sexual victimization by a female partner. Data were from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). A total of 3,179 young adult men identified a current heterosexual relationship and had complete intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization data. Almost 16% of this sample reported being the victim of physical only IPV in their relationship over the previous 12 months; an additional 6.4% were victims of sexual only or sexual and physical IPV. Multivariate analyses indicated high alcohol outlet density was associated with greater odds of experiencing physical IPV only (odds ratio [OR] = 2.07). Heavy drinkers experienced increased odds of physical and sexual IPV victimization. Alcohol outlet density should be addressed in prevention efforts.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Aggression / drug effects
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology
  • Alcoholic Beverages / statistics & numerical data*
  • Commerce / statistics & numerical data
  • Crime Victims / psychology
  • Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Heterosexuality / psychology
  • Heterosexuality / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • North Carolina / epidemiology
  • Residence Characteristics / statistics & numerical data*
  • Risk Factors
  • Spouse Abuse / psychology
  • Spouse Abuse / statistics & numerical data*
  • Young Adult