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NCJ Number: 229138 Find in a Library
Title: Social Consequences of Binge Drinking: A Comparison of Young Adults in Six European Countries
Journal: Journal of Addictive Diseases  Volume:28  Issue:4  Dated:October-December 2009  Pages:294-308
Author(s): Martin A. Plant, Ph.D.; Moira L. Plant, Ph.D.; Patrick Miller, Ph.D.; Gerhard Gmel, Ph.D.; Sandra Kuntsche, Ph.D.
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 15
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored the possible associations between binge drinking and social consequences among young adults in six European countries.
Abstract: The consequences related to binge drinking studied were more prevalent in the 18 to 23 year olds than in the 24 to 32 year olds and, as expected, binge drinkers, frequent drinkers, and male respondents were more likely than others to suffer problems. However, there were some interesting divergences. The proportion of binge drinkers dropped sharply with age in Denmark and Sweden, than in the other countries. The proportion of women suffering social health or financial consequences was significantly down in 24 to 32 year olds but slightly less so for men. Fights were the least common of the consequences and women were less likely to be involved. The largest differences between the age groups in problems experienced were to be seen among the more frequent drinkers. This study, like a previous study, had been concerned with the social consequences of binge drinking in six European countries (Czech Republic, Denmark, the Isle of Man, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom). The previous study examined these consequences in 24 to 32 year olds. This study compared this age group (n=2,482) with 18 to 23 year olds (n=1,446) in the same countries. The groups responded to questions about their drinking habits and the social consequences directly resulting from their drinking. Tables, figures, and references
Main Term(s): Alcoholic beverage consumption
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Comparative analysis; Foreign countries; Gender issues
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