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Effects of Beverage-Specific Alcohol Consumption on Drinking Behaviors Among Urban Youth

NCJ Number
Journal of Drug Education Volume: 40 Issue: 3 Dated: 2010 Pages: 265-280
Mildred M. Maldonado-Molina; Jennifer M. Reingle; Amy L. Tobler; Kelli A. Komro
Date Published
16 pages
This study examined the effects of beverage-specific alcohol consumption on alcohol-related risk behavior among multi-ethnic, urban adolescents.
Alcoholic beverage consumption among high school students has shifted from beer to liquor. The current longitudinal study examined the effects of beverage-specific alcohol use on drinking behaviors among urban youth. Data included 731 adolescents who participated in Project Northland Chicago and reported consuming alcohol in seventh grade. Logistic regression tested the effects of beverage-specific use on consequences (e.g., alcohol use in the past month, week, heavy drinking, and ever drunkenness). Compared to wine users, adolescents who reported drinking hard liquor during their last drinking occasion had increased odds of alcohol use during the past month (OR = 1.44; 95 percent CI = 1.01-2.05), past week (OR = 3.37; 95 percent CI = 1.39-8.18), and ever drunkenness (OR = 1.56; 95 percent CI = 1.07-2.29). Use of hard liquor was associated with increased risk of alcohol-related consequences. Early selection of certain alcoholic beverages (e.g., hard liquor) may result in negative health outcomes and problematic alcohol use over time. (Published Abstract) Tables, figure, and references