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The big night out: what happens on the most recent heavy drinking occasion among young Victorian risky drinkers?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
2014 (English)In: Drug and Alcohol Review, ISSN 0959-5236, E-ISSN 1465-3362, Vol. 33, no 4, 346-353 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Introduction and Aims. In spite of the major focus on risky, single-occasion drinking by young people in Australia, littleis known about the specific circumstances of risky drinking occasions.This study examines drinking behaviours and drinkingcontexts for the most recent risky, single-occasion drinking episode in a representative sample of young risky drinkers in Victoria,Australia. Design and Methods. A representative sample of 802 young risky drinkers was recruited across metropolitanMelbourne and surveyed about their drinking and related behaviours. Specific questions focused on participants’ most recenthigh-risk (>10 Australian standard drinks for males, >7 Australian standard drinks for females) drinking occasion in termsof self-reported amount drunk, alcohol expenditure (including buying rounds) and drinking partners for up to 10 differentdrinking settings. Results. Participants reported drinking a mean of 13 Australian standard drinks on their last episode ofrisky, single-occasion drinking; for half of the participants, this occurred less than 20 days prior to being surveyed.The majority(62%) of risky single occasion drinking sessions commenced at private homes in the company of close friends (81%). Around40% of the sample reported going to one (42%) or two (37%) drinking locations, and only 5% reported going to more thanthree drinking locations. Discussion and Conclusions. Contrary to public portrayals, a significant amount of riskydrinking by young people occurs in private settings.These contexts are rarely mentioned except in relation to underage drinking.Further work is needed to understand how these drinking behaviours and contexts link to harm.

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Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. Vol. 33, no 4, 346-353 p.
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Alcohol drinking, young people, bingeing, risky drinking, drinking contexts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-109784DOI: 10.1111/dar.12117OAI: diva2:767371
Available from: 2014-12-01 Created: 2014-12-01 Last updated: 2014-12-15Bibliographically approved

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