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NCJ Number: 200195 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescent Alcohol Beverage Type Choices Reflect Their Substance Use Patterns and Attitudes
Journal: Journal of Youth and Adolescence  Volume:32  Issue:4  Dated:August 2003  Pages:279-289
Author(s): Tomi P. Lintonen; Anne I. Konu
Date Published: August 2003
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Finland Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Helsinki, Finland
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on data from Finland's national 1999 Adolescent Health and Lifestyle Survey, which involved responses from 4,943 Finns ages 14 and 16, this study examined the relationship between choice of alcoholic beverage type and adolescents' substance use patterns and attitudes toward substance use.
Abstract: The survey obtained information from the respondents on the qualities and quantities of alcoholic beverages consumed on the latest drinking occasion. Because many of the respondents had at least sipped several beverages during the latest drinking occasion, the beverage of choice was defined as the primary source of ethanol rather than dividing the categories on the basis of exclusive use of the beverage type. Inquiry about other drug use was not done directly but rather through questions about peer use of drugs and whether the respondent had been offered any drugs during the past year. The study found that on average, drinkers of wine and cider engaged in the least heavy drinking. The drinking of spirits and multiple alcoholic beverages formed an intermediate group. Beer was found to be the choice of those who began drinking at the earliest age and who were the most frequent and heaviest drinkers. Overall, substance use patterns and attitudes were found to be associated with the amount of alcohol drunk on the latest drinking occasion. The beverage type chosen was also related to the amount of alcohol drunk. 3 tables and 40 references
Main Term(s): Underage Drinking
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Alcoholic beverages; Antisocial attitudes; Finland; Foreign criminal justice research; Juvenile delinquency factors
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