Perpetration of intimate partner violence by young adult males: the association with alcohol outlet density and drinking behavior

Health Place. 2013 May:21:10-9. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2013.01.002. Epub 2013 Jan 17.


Objective: This study examined the association between alcohol outlet density and male to female intimate partner violence (IPV).

Method: Data were analyzed from a national probability sample of males who reported a current heterosexual relationship (N=3194). Multinomial logistic regression was used to examine the likelihood of having perpetrated IPV.

Results: High alcohol outlet density was associated with having perpetrated physical only IPV (odds ratio [OR]=2.51; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.21-5.20). Outlet density was not associated with greater odds of sexual IPV perpetration.

Conclusions: Alcohol outlet density was found to be associated with perpetration of physical IPV. Developing environmental strategies with respect to alcohol outlets could potentially reduce perpetration of male-to-female physical IPV.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Alcohol Drinking / psychology
  • Alcoholic Beverages / supply & distribution*
  • Domestic Violence / psychology
  • Domestic Violence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Residence Characteristics / statistics & numerical data
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Young Adult