Social Host Policies and Underage Drinking Parties

Kimberly G. Wagoner, Michael Sparks, Vincent T. Francisco, David Wyrick, Tracy Nichols, Mark Wolfson
2012 Substance Use & Misuse  
Social host policies focused on underage drinking parties are implemented to reduce social availability of alcohol and high-risk drinking by adolescents in private locations. We examined the policies' relationship with drinking location, peer-group drinking size, heavy episodic drinking, and nonviolent consequences. Cross-sectional data from 11,205, 14-20-year olds, were analyzed using multilevel modeling. Policies were not associated with drinking location, decreased heavy episodic drinking,
more » ... nonviolent consequences. However, adolescents from communities with a preexisting policy had lower odds of drinking in large peer groups compared to those from communities without a policy at baseline. Additional research is needed to examine their effectiveness. The study's limitations are noted. Keywords: adolescent | alcohol use | environmental strategy | heavy episodic drinking | public policy | social drinking context | social host policy | underage drinking Article:
doi:10.3109/10826084.2012.722158 pmid:23003215 fatcat:6yqg4vtynfeidd6qzc66e3frei