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Social influences on the clustering of underage risky drinking and its consequences in communities.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23036206     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this research was to examine whether the clustering of underage risky drinking and its consequences within communities might arise from shared perceptions regarding underage drinking as well as the social context of drinking.
METHOD: The Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Randomized Community Trial provided data from repeated cross-sectional samples of 5,017 current drinkers (2,619 male) ages 14-20 years from 68 communities surveyed in 2004, 2006, and 2007. Alternating logistic regressions were used to estimate the influence of social factors on the clustering of getting drunk, heavy episodic drinking, nonviolent consequences, and driving after drinking or riding with a drinking driver.
RESULTS: The clustering of getting drunk, heavy episodic drinking, and nonviolent consequences was no longer statistically significant after adjustment for drinking with friends and drinking with parents. Parents providing alcohol explained the clustering of heavy episodic drinking and nonviolent consequences, whereas drinking with other underage drinkers and friends providing alcohol explained the clustering of nonviolent consequences. Drinking with friends or other underage drinkers and friends providing alcohol increased the risk of these behaviors, whereas drinking with parents and parents providing alcohol were protective. Perceptions regarding peer drinking, community norms, consequences for drinking, and drinking at a party did not influence clustering.
CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that interventions to reduce underage risky drinking in communities should focus on the differential effects of the social context in which drinking occurs.
Beth A Reboussin; Eun-Young Song; Mark Wolfson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs     Volume:  73     ISSN:  1938-4114     ISO Abbreviation:  J Stud Alcohol Drugs     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-05     Completed Date:  2013-01-11     Revised Date:  2013-11-05    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101295847     Medline TA:  J Stud Alcohol Drugs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  890-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Biostatistical Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Alcohol Drinking / legislation & jurisprudence,  psychology*
Alcoholic Intoxication / psychology*
Automobile Driving / legislation & jurisprudence,  psychology
Binge Drinking / psychology*
Crime / psychology,  statistics & numerical data
Cross-Sectional Studies / statistics & numerical data
Friends / psychology
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Surveys / statistics & numerical data
Parents / psychology
Residence Characteristics / statistics & numerical data*
Social Environment*
United States
Young Adult
Grant Support
Comment In:
J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2013 Mar;74(2):353   [PMID:  23384384 ]
J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2013 Mar;74(2):354-5   [PMID:  23384385 ]

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