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Health Place. 2009 Jun;15(2):642-6. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2008.10.002. Epub 2008 Nov 1.

Alcohol outlets and youth alcohol use: exposure in suburban areas.

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  • 1Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA.


The purpose of this study was to explore how exposure to alcohol outlets (around home and school) influenced alcohol use among 242 high-school students (mean age 16.4, 48.8% male, 93.4% White). Results found no relationship between alcohol outlet exposure, using a measure of both distance to and density around students' homes and schools, and alcohol use. This study suggests that outlet exposure may not influence alcohol use among mostly White, middle-class, and suburban youth. However, the lack of association may also reflect the lower level of alcohol outlets present in low-density residential environments as well as differences in accessibility.

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