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Factors Predicting Heavier Alcohol Consumption

Factors Predicting Heavier Alcohol Consumption And Liberal Attitudes Towards Drinking

6 November 2007,

NZ Drug Foundation

Interviews with 14 to17 year olds indicate that the ready availability of alcohol is a factor in how often they drink and how much they drink on a typical occasion.

Research findings from 1171 telephone interviews with Auckland-based 12-17 year olds indicate that, for 14 to 17 year olds, the ready availability of alcohol, obtained either from their social networks or bought for themselves, is a significant factor in the number of occasions they drink alcohol, and in the amount they typically consume.

This information was presented by Paul Sweetsur and a research team from SHORE (Centre for Social and Health Outcomes - Research and Evaluation) at the Two Nations, Ten Cultures? combined APSAD and Cutting Edge Addiction Conference.

The aim of the study was to determine factors associated with patterns of drinking among young people and data was collected on alcohol consumption over the last year, weekly drinking, the frequency of drinking and amount of alcohol drunk on a typical occasion.

Data was collected on the respondent’s gender, personal income, the area they lived in, the number of brands of alcohol they recalled seeing advertised in the previous year, the number of times the respondent had been supplied with alcohol by others including parents and friends, and the number of times they had purchased alcohol themselves.


The conference is on from Sunday 4 November – Wednesday 7 November at the Aotea Centre, Auckland.

More information about the combined APSAD and Cutting Edge Addiction
Conference, including a programme can be found at

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