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The Latest about Alcohol


Study Offers Tips to Parents About Preventing Underage Drinking

A review of studies supports the view that youth who had alcohol provided to them by parents and youth who had a place to consume alcohol were more likely to engage in heavy episodic drinking and experience more alcohol-related problems, according to “Providing Alcohol for Underage Youth: What Messages Should We Be Sending Parents?”...

Youths Targeted More in Magazine Alcohol Advertising

Sixty-eight percent and 72 percent of the top 25 alcohol brands popular among male underage drinkers and female underage drinkers, respectively, were more likely to devote a higher percentage of their national magazine advertising money to magazines with a greater concentration of readers 18–20 years old, according to “Youth Alcohol Brand Consumption and Exposure...

What Underage Drinkers Drink when they Binge Drink

THE WASHINGTON POST Beggars can’t be choosers, but they can have strong, brand-driven alcoholic preferences. A study undertaken by public researchers found that underage drinkers not only have a knack for drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, but they’re also pretty picky about which branded alcohols they down when they do over-drink. The study found that...

Response to Alcohol Predicts Alcohol Use Disorder Symptoms

Young adult heavy social drinkers, including underage drinkers, who were highly sensitive to the stimulating and rewarding effects of alcohol reported more alcohol use disorder symptoms over time compared to those who reported fewer positive effects of alcohol, according to “Alcohol Challenge Responses Predict Future Alcohol Use Disorder Symptoms: A 6-Year Prospective Study.” The...

Energy Drinks + Alcohol Increasing Emergency Department Visits

As concern mounts over the increasing popularity of energy drinks among adolescents and young adults, as well as their using such products in combination with alcohol, a new report finds that emergency department visits by persons ages 12 and older involving energy drinks doubled between 2007 and 2011 (from 10,068 to 20,783). On March...

Social Host Ordinance sees Drop in Party Complaints, Police Calls

Police have seen a drop in calls complaining about loud music and parties since a new law, which makes it illegal to provide a place where minors consume alcohol, went into effect a little more than a year ago. And that’s good news for residents living near the University of Redlands. “Before the ordinance,...

DID YOU KNOW? The L.A. County Public Health Department rated Santa Monica in the ‘High’ quartile for its rates of alcohol-related violent crime.