Associations between proximity and density of local alcohol outlets and alcohol use among Scottish adolescents

Young, R. , Macdonald, L. and Ellaway, A. (2013) Associations between proximity and density of local alcohol outlets and alcohol use among Scottish adolescents. Health and Place, 19, pp. 124-130. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.10.004)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.10.004

Abstract

Associations between different alcohol outcomes and outlet density measures vary between studies and may not be generalisable to adolescents. In a cross-sectional study of 979 15-year old Glaswegians, we investigated the association between alcohol outlet availability (outlet density and proximity), outlet type (on-premise vs. off-premise) and frequent (weekly) alcohol consumption. We adjusted for social background (gender, social class, family structure). Proximity and density of on-premise outlets were not associated with weekly drinking. However, adolescents living close (within 200 m) to an off-sales outlet were more likely to drink frequently (OR 1.97, p=0.004), as were adolescents living in areas with many nearby off-premises outlets (OR 1.60, p=0.016). Our findings suggest that certain alcohol behaviours (e.g. binge drinking) may be linked to the characteristics of alcohol outlets in the vicinity.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ellaway, Dr Anne and Young, Mr Robert and MacDonald, Mrs Laura
Authors: Young, R., Macdonald, L., and Ellaway, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:Health and Place
ISSN:1353-8292
ISSN (Online):1873-2054

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