Alcohol age of initiation and long-term impact: a cross sectional survey of adults in England

Morleo, M. and Jones, L. and Bellis, M.A. (2014) Alcohol age of initiation and long-term impact: a cross sectional survey of adults in England. Journal of Substance Use. DOI: 10.3109/14659891.2014.974228

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Background: Worldwide alcohol consumption is involved in 2.5 million deaths annually. Worryingly, the age of alcohol initiation may be decreasing; evidence suggests an inverse correlation between initiation and prevalence of alcohol use. European data are limited. Methods: Data are from a survey (n�=�2638) on alcohol consumption of �18�y in England. Univariate and multivariate associations are reported between demography, last year alcohol consumption, historic drinking including having regularly drank alcohol <18�y (drank at least monthly), and experience of at least one serious alcohol-related problem (self-defined). Results: Lifetime alcohol consumption was reported by 93.2% of participants. Of these, 36.1% reported regular consumption <18�y; 18�30�y had a threefold greater odds of reporting alcohol consumption <18�y than 61�75�y. In total, 5.2% reported at least one serious alcohol-related problem; those who had regularly consumed alcohol <18�y had a twofold greater odds of reporting this than those who had not. Conclusion: Our sample supports a potential increase in the proportion of those reporting underage alcohol initiation. As those who regularly consumed alcohol <18�y were at risk of experiencing alcohol-related problems, incidence of harm could increase over time as early initiators start to experience harms, supporting the need for interventions to delay alcohol consumption in underage groups

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Health and Behavioural Sciences > Institute of Medical & Social Care Research
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 03:43
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2015 02:53
ISSN: 1465-9891
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/3365
Identification Number: DOI: 10.3109/14659891.2014.974228
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
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