Journal article

Does the social context of early alcohol use affect risky drinking in adolescents? Prospective cohort study

Louisa Degenhardt, Helena Romaniuk, Carolyn Coffey, Wayne D Hall, Wendy Swift, John B Carlin, Christina O'Loughlin, George C Patton

BMC Public Health | BMC | Published : 2015


BACKGROUND: There are limited longitudinal data on the associations between different social contexts of alcohol use and risky adolescent drinking. METHODS: Australian prospective longitudinal cohort of 1943 adolescents with 6 assessment waves at ages 14-17 years. Drinkers were asked where and how frequently they drank. Contexts were: at home with family, at home alone, at a party with friends, in a park/car, or at a bar/nightclub. The outcomes were prevalence and incidence of risky drinking (≥5 standard drinks (10g alcohol) on a day, past week) and very risky drinking (>20 standard drinks for males and >11 for females) in early (waves 1-2) and late (waves 3-6) adolescence. RESULTS: Forty-fo..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for the work undertaken for this manuscript was provided by Australian Rotary Health. The broader study was funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Program. Louisa Degenhardt and George Patton are supported by NHMRC Principal and Senior Principal Research Fellowships respectively. Wayne Hall is supported by an NHMRC Australia Fellowship. The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of NSW is supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvements Grants Fund.