Underage drinkers of flavored alcoholic beverages who exclusively consume the supersized versions are more than six times as likely to report suffering alcohol-related injuries as underage youths who drink other types of alcoholic beverages, according to a new study co-authored by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers.
Heavy episodic drinking was reported by nearly 70 percent of pre-mixed/ready-to-drink cocktail users, by about 75 percent of supersized alcopop users, and by almost 80 percent of those who consumed more than one type of flavored alcoholic beverage — compared with 45 percent of non-flavored alcohol users. Consumption of any combination of two or more flavored alcoholic beverages was also strongly associated with reports of heavy episodic drinking, fighting, and alcohol-related injuries.
The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, is believed to be the first study to document an association between the consumption of different types of flavored alcoholic beverages by youth ages 13 to 20, risky drinking behaviors, and self-reported injuries related to alcohol consumption.
“These findings raise important concerns about the popularity and use of flavored alcoholic beverages among young people, particularly for the supersized varieties,” said study author Dr. Alison Albers, an assistant professor of community health sciences at BUSPH.
To read more about the study, go to: http://www.bu.edu/sph/2015/02/26/young-drinkers-of-flavored-supersized-alcohol-at-increased-risk/