Sipping, drinking, and early adolescent alcohol consumption: a cautionary note

Wadolowski, Monika, Bruno, Raimondo, Aiken, Alexandra, Stone, Chiara, Najman, Jake, Kypri, Kypros, Slade, Tim, Hutchinson, Delyse, McBride, Nyanda and Mattick, Richard P. 2015, Sipping, drinking, and early adolescent alcohol consumption: a cautionary note, Alcoholism: clinical and experimental research, vol. 39, no. 2, pp. 350-354, doi: 10.1111/acer.12613.

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Title Sipping, drinking, and early adolescent alcohol consumption: a cautionary note
Author(s) Wadolowski, Monika
Bruno, Raimondo
Aiken, Alexandra
Stone, Chiara
Najman, Jake
Kypri, Kypros
Slade, Tim
Hutchinson, DelyseORCID iD for Hutchinson, Delyse
McBride, Nyanda
Mattick, Richard P.
Journal name Alcoholism: clinical and experimental research
Volume number 39
Issue number 2
Start page 350
End page 354
Total pages 5
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2015-02
ISSN 0145-6008
Keyword(s) adolescents
public health
Summary Background: Epidemiological studies report markedly varying rates of adolescent alcoholinvolvement. Despite being a common adolescent behavior, a potential cause of this variation is thatconsumption of sips is either not measured or not distinguished from consumption of whole beverages.Methods: Participants were 1,843 grade 7 adolescents recruited across 49 Australian secondaryschools (M age = 12.4, SD = 0.5). Quantity and frequency of lifetime and past 6-month consumptionwere assessed, distinguishing between sipping and drinking. For comparison with international populationsurveys, quantity was reported as any consumption, sipping only, and drinking only.Results: Combining sipping and drinking into a single category, lifetime consumption was reportedby 67.3% of the present sample. Distinguishing lifetime consumption by sipping and drinking: only7.8%of adolescents had consumed a whole beverage; the remaining 59.6%had only sipped. Consumptionof whole beverages was mostly limited to 1 to 2 drinks (84.2% of drinkers). Sipping and drinkingwere also infrequent: 78.2% of sipping and 60.4% of drinking, occurred less than monthly. Heavy episodicconsumption was uncommon (1.2% of the sample). When other population studies wereinspected, a clear trend for higher drinking rates were found in those studies where sipping was countedas drinking and vice versa.Conclusions: Consumption of whole beverages appears infrequent in early adolescence, as sipping,but not drinking, was common in our sample. Comparing the present data with international populationconsumption measures highlights the need to more precisely measure and report adolescent consumption,particularly in relation to sipping.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/acer.12613
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
1103 Clinical Sciences
1701 Psychology
1109 Neurosciences
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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