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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Binge Drinking Trajectories from Adolescence to Young Adulthood: The Effects of Peer Social Network

This study investigates an association between social network characteristics and binge drinking from adolescence to young adulthood, utilizing National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (n = 7,966) and employing social network and longitudinal analysis.

Lower integration and socialization with alcohol-using peers had immediate risks of binge drinking during adolescence; however, over time, the effects of socialization with alcohol-using peers had the most dramatic reduction.

The most prestigious adolescents had the highest longitudinal risks of binge drinking, although they had no immediate risk.

Alcohol consumption-related interventions overlooking longitudinal dynamics of social networks may not effectively prevent adolescents from binge drinking in young adulthood.

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