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Determinants of underage college student drinking: implications for four major alcohol reduction strategies.

Department of Advertising and Public Relations, Hanyang University, Ansan, Republic of Korea.
Journal of Health Communication (Impact Factor: 1.61). 01/2012; 17(6):659-76. DOI: 10.1080/10810730.2011.635765
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ABSTRACT Guided by the assumptions of the social ecological model and the social marketing approach, this study provides a simultaneous and comprehensive assessment of 4 major alcohol reduction strategies for college campuses: school education programs, social norms campaigns, alcohol counter-marketing, and alcohol control policies. Analysis of nationally representative secondary survey data among 5,472 underage students reveals that alcohol marketing seems to be the most formidable risk factor for underage drinking, followed by perceived drinking norms (injunctive norm) and lax policy enforcement. This analysis suggests that, to make social norms campaigns and alcohol control policies more effective, alcohol reduction strategies should be developed to counter the powerful influence of alcohol marketing and promotions.

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