The density of alcohol outlets and adolescent alcohol consumption: an Australian longitudinal analysis

Rowland, B., Evans-Whipp, Tracy, Hemphill, Sheryl, Leung, Rachel, Livingtston, M. and Toumbourou, J. W. 2016, The density of alcohol outlets and adolescent alcohol consumption: an Australian longitudinal analysis, Health and place, vol. 37, pp. 43-49, doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.11.004.

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Title The density of alcohol outlets and adolescent alcohol consumption: an Australian longitudinal analysis
Author(s) Rowland, B.ORCID iD for Rowland, B.
Evans-Whipp, Tracy
Hemphill, Sheryl
Leung, Rachel
Livingtston, M.
Toumbourou, J. W.ORCID iD for Toumbourou, J. W.
Journal name Health and place
Volume number 37
Start page 43
End page 49
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-01
ISSN 1873-2054
Keyword(s) Adolescents
Summary  Higher density of alcohol outlets has been linked to increased levels of adolescent alcohol-related behaviour. Research to date has been cross-sectional. A longitudinal design using two waves of annual survey data from the Australian arm of the International Youth Development Study was used. The sample comprised 2835 individuals with average age at wave 2 of 14 years (SD=1.67; range=11–17 years). GSEM was used to examine how absolute levels of alcohol outlet density was associated with student-reported alcohol use one year later, while controlling for prior alcohol use, risk factors at wave one and changes in density over the 2 years. Adolescents' perception of alcohol availability and friends' alcohol use were tested as potential mediators of the association between alcohol outlet density and adolescent alcohol use. Elasticity modelling identified a 10% increase in overall density at wave one was associated with an approximately 17% increase in odds of adolescent alcohol consumption at wave two. Living in areas with a higher density of outlets was associated with a statistically significant increase in the likelihood of adolescents developing early age alcohol consumption.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.11.004
Field of Research 1117 Public Health And Health Services
1604 Human Geography
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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