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

Subst Use Misuse. 1997 Aug;32(10):1261-85. doi: 10.3109/10826089709039378.

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 with higher levels of alcohol consumption for females. Results underscore the importance of youth alcohol assessibility.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Alcohol Drinking / prevention & control
  • Alcoholic Beverages / supply & distribution*
  • Alcoholism / epidemiology*
  • Alcoholism / prevention & control
  • Consumer Organizations
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Minnesota / epidemiology
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • Social Environment*
  • Wisconsin / epidemiology