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ERIC Number: EJ857102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0889-7077
Legal Ages for Purchase and Consumption of Alcohol and Heavy Drinking among College Students in Canada, Europe, and the United States
Keller, Adrienne; Frye, Laurie; Bauerle, Jennifer; Turner, James C.
Substance Abuse, v30 n3 p248-252 2009
Heavy drinking and associated negative consequences remain a serious problem among college students. In a secondary analysis of data from two published study, the authors examine the correlation between minimum legal age to purchase and/or consume alcohol and rates of heavy drinking among college students in 22 countries. The published studies use identical definitions of heavy drinking and similar methodologies. In the study of 20 European countries and the United States, there is a positive correlation between prevalence of heavy drinking and both minimum legal purchase age (r =0.34) and minimum legal drinking age (r =0.19); in the study of Canada and the United States, there is a perfect positive correlation (r = 1.0). Examination of this evidence does not support the conclusion that a lower minimum legal age for purchase and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages is a protective factor for decreasing heavy drinking among college students. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium; Bulgaria; Canada; Colombia; France; Greece; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Italy; Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Slovakia; South Africa; Spain; Thailand; United Kingdom (England); United States; Venezuela