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J Subst Use. 2015 Sep 1;20(5):333-339. Epub 2014 May 30.

Beverage- and Brand-Specific Binge Alcohol Consumption among Underage Youth in the U.S.

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1
Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, 801 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 02118 ; Section of General Internal Medicine, Boston Medical Center, 801 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 02118.
2
Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, 801 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 02118.
3
Department of Health, Behavior, and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 Wolfe St., Baltimore, Maryland 21205.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:

Binge drinking is a common and risky pattern of alcohol consumption among youth; beverage and brand-specific consumption during binge drinking is poorly understood. The objective was to characterize beverage- and brand-specific consumption associated with binge drinking among underage youth in the U.S.

METHODS:

An internet panel was used to obtain a sample of 1,032 underage youth aged 13-20, who drank alcohol in the past 30 days. For each brand consumed, youth reported drinking quantity and frequency, and whether they engaged in binge drinking with that brand (≥5 drinks for males, ≥4 for females). Each youth reporting binge drinking with a brand constituted a binge drinking report.

RESULTS:

Overall, 50.9% of youth binge drank with ≥1 brand, and 36.5% of youth who consumed any particular brand reported binge drinking with it. Spirits accounted for 43.8% of binge drinking reports. Twenty-five brands accounted for 46.2% of binge drinking reports. Many of these brands were disproportionately associated with binge drinking relative to their youth market share.

CONCLUSIONS:

Binge drinking among youth is most commonly involves spirits, and binge drinking is concentrated within a relatively small number of brands. Understanding factors underlying beverage and brand preference among binge drinking youth could assist prevention efforts.

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