The association of alcohol outlet density with illegal underage adolescent purchasing of alcohol

Rowland,B, Toumbourou,JW and Livingston,M 2015, The association of alcohol outlet density with illegal underage adolescent purchasing of alcohol, Journal of adolescent health, vol. 56, no. 2, pp. 146-152, doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.08.005.

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Title The association of alcohol outlet density with illegal underage adolescent purchasing of alcohol
Author(s) Rowland,BORCID iD for Rowland,B
Toumbourou,JWORCID iD for Toumbourou,JW
Journal name Journal of adolescent health
Volume number 56
Issue number 2
Start page 146
End page 152
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Philadelphia, US
Publication date 2015-02
ISSN 1879-1972
Keyword(s) Adolescents
Summary Purpose Although previous studies have suggested that greater community densities of alcohol sales outlets are associated with greater alcohol use and problems, the mechanisms are unclear. The present study examined whether density was associated with increased purchasing of alcohol by adolescents younger than the legal purchase age of 18 in Australia. Methods The number of alcohol outlets per 10,000 population was identified within geographic regions in Victoria, Australia. A state-representative student survey (N = 10,143) identified adolescent reports of purchasing alcohol, and multilevel modeling was then used to predict the effects for different densities of outlet types (packaged, club, on-premise, general, and overall). Results Each extra sales outlet per 10,000 population was associated with a significant increase in the risk of underage adolescent purchasing. The strongest effect was for club density (odds ratio = 1.22) and packaged (takeaway) outlet density (odds ratio = 1.12). Males, older children, smokers, and those with substance-using friends were more likely to purchase alcohol. Conclusions One mechanism by which alcohol sales outlet density may influence population rates of alcohol use and related problems is through increasing the illegal underage purchasing of alcohol. © 2015 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2014.08.005
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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