Change in Adolescents' Alcohol-Use Patterns, From Non-Drinking to Non-Heavy Drinking or Heavy Drinking

Tyrone Cheng, Celia C. Lo

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Abstract

This study examined risk and protective factors at work when adolescents change from a non-drinking alcohol-use pattern to either non-heavy drinking or heavy drinking. Using a sample of 1,725 non-drinkers extracted from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, we conducted multinomial logistic regression and found that likelihood of change from non-drinking to non-heavy drinking was associated positively with safe neighborhood, female, peers' drinking, emotional maltreatment, and delinquent behaviors. We found a negative association between such likelihood and being African American. We found that likelihood of change from non-drinking to heavy drinking was associated positively with peers' drinking, depressive feelings, drug use, and repeating a grade(s) at school. We found a negative association between such likelihood and having a married mother, being African American or some other non-Hispanic minority ethnicity, and maternal supervision. Implications for intervention and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-459
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Drug Issues
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015

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Keywords

  • adolescent
  • alcohol
  • drinking pattern

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