Research – Scope of Problem

Research – Scope of Problem


Powdered Alcohol: An Encapsulation (updated July 2015)

Powdered Alcohol Products – New Challenge in an Era of Needed Regulation

JAMA. Published online June 15, 2015. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.6450
In March 2015, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved several powdered alcohol products, sold under the brand name Palcohol, for sale in the United States. Public health concerns about powdered alcohol focus primarily on its use in binge drinking (ie, drinking to the point of intoxication) or youth drinking and its potential for undermining retail businesses and alcohol regulations. Beyond the laudable efforts of states to restrict or ban the sale of powdered alcohol, from a broader perspective it is time for federal and state governments to start adequately regulating the sale, distribution, and marketing of all alcohol products.

Alcohol use, binge drinking continues to fall among underage, report finds

Washington Post, June 11, 2015

The Prospective Association Between Sipping Alcohol by the Sixth Grade and Later Substance Use

Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76(2), 212-221 (2015)
Researchers conducted a web-based study on alcohol initiation and progression and found that youth who sipped alcohol by sixth grade had significantly greater odds of consuming a full drink, getting drunk, and drinking heavily by ninth grade than non-sippers. Researchers conclude that early sipping is associated with elevated odds of risky behaviors at high school entry despite the idea of sipping as a protective factor. Offering even just a sip of alcohol may undermine messages about the unacceptability of alcohol consumption for youth.

Flavored Alcoholic Beverage Use, Risky Drinking Behaviors, and Adverse Outcomes Among Underage Drinkers: Results From the ABRAND Study

American Journal of Public Health (February 25, 2015), Vol. 0, No. 0 : pp. e1-e6; doi:10.2105/AJPH.2014.302349
This report is believed to be the first study to document an association between the consumption of different types of flavored alcoholic beverages by youth ages 13-20, risky drinking behaviors, and self-reported injuries related to alcohol consumption. In previous studies by the same researchers, nearly half of underage drinkers in the U.S. reported having consumed flavored alcohol beverages in the past 30 days.

Major Reductions in Youth Risky Behaviors are a Cause for Celebration

Healthy Alcohol Marketplace
December 2014

Parents May be Putting Kids on Path to Drinking


Teenagers whose parents supply alcohol in early adolescence are three times as likely to be drinking full serves of alcohol at age 16 as children in families that do not supply alcohol, a major new study from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW has found.
Health Canal September 8, 2014

Should Parents Let Their Kids Sip Alcohol? Scientists Advise Caution About Supervising The First Drink

Medical Daily
August 26, 2014

Teen Parties: Who Has Parties, What Predicts Whether There is Alcohol and Who Supplies the Alcohol?

The Journal of Primary Prevention, August 18, 2014. DOI: 10.1007/s10935-014-0361-4.
This study explores which youth are more likely to have parties at home, what factors are associated with the presence of alcohol at parties, and who supplies the alcohol.

Fewer States Holding Alcohol Retailers Responsible for Harms from Illegal Service

Health News
July 30, 2013
Fewer states are holding alcohol retailers liable for harms caused by customers who were served illegally, according to a report from researchers at Alcohol Policy Consultations and the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Published online by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the legal research study documents the gradual erosion of commercial host liability (also referred to as dram shop liability) from 1989 to 2011.

MADD Analysis Finds Majority of Underage Drinking Deaths Not Traffic Related

Press Release
April 17, 2013
This press release announces an analysis of data that estimates 68 percent of deaths attributable to underage drinking are not traffic related – which illustrates the importance of preventing underage drinking, even if there’s no driving involved.

Adults Most Common Source of Alcohol for Teens, According to Poll of Teens 13-18

Press Release
August 8, 2005
In a poll of teens aged 13 to 18 conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA), nearly half reported they have taken alcohol from their own homes. Teenage girls ranked higher than boys in obtaining alcohol from home in the poll. Twenty-six percent of parents surveyed think that is it okay for children to drink at home with their parents. The AMA is working to assist physicians in counseling their patients, mainly parents, on the risks of alcohol use, as well as bringing the medical community into the fold to address alcohol policy. The AMA has produced posters for doctors’ offices that will assist in starting conversations with parents and youths about underage drinking.

Early Alcohol Initiation and Subsequent Sexual and Alcohol Risk Behaviors Among Urban Youths

American Journal of Public Health. May 2005; Vol. 95, No. 5, pp. 887-893
The study indicated that urban youth are at greater risk for alcohol, other drug abuse, and sexual behaviors when early alcohol use is documented. For this survey, the researchers contacted 1,034 7th and 10th grade African-American and Hispanic youth living in Brooklyn. The study showed that those who reported alcohol use in 7th grade were more likely to continue engaging in high-risk use of alcohol, to begin using other drugs, and to engage in risky sexual practices.


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