The longitudinal prediction of alcohol consumption-related harms among young adults

Keriann Little, Mary Therese Hawkins, Ann Sanson, John Winston Toumbourou, Diana Smart, Suzanne Vassallo, Meredith O'Connor

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This study explores the longitudinal pathways by which risk and protective factors influence the development of alcohol-related harms in a representative community sample of 941 young adults (19-20 years) from Victoria, Australia, focusing on the role of concurrent risky drinking. Impulsivity at 15-16 years, alcohol-related harms at 15-16 years and 17-18 years, frequency of intoxication at 17-18 years, and antisocial behavior, friends' drinking and living arrangements at 19-20 years were directly related to alcoholrelated harms, as well as indirectly related to harms through increased risky drinking. Paternal drinking at 17-18 years was directly related to alcoholrelated harms. Friends' drinking at 19-20 years and alcohol-related harms at age 17-18 interacted with risky drinking to increase the likelihood of alcoholrelated harms. Implications for intervention efforts are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1303-1317
Number of pages15
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • alcohol-related harms
  • emerging adulthood
  • harm-minimization
  • prevention
  • risky drinking

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