Adolescent drinking: the role of designer drinks

A. MacKintosh, G. Hastings, K. Hughes, Colin Wheeler, J. Watson, J. Inglis

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    Shows that adolescent drinking varies considerably between the ages of 12 and 17, with 14 and 15-year-olds marking a key group whose members are keen to test their limits with alcohol and drink to intoxication but who do not necessarily enjoy the process of drinking. They dislike the taste of alcohol and the amount which needs to be drunk to reach intoxication. Designer drinks have particular characteristics that meet the needs of this group by minimizing the costs and maximizing the effects of drinking. The brand image of designer drinks matches the perceptions and expectations of 14 and 15-year-old drinkers, while 16 and 17-year-olds view these drinks as "immature". Furthermore, consumption of these drinks is linked to heavier drinking. Concludes that these results have implications for health promotion at an individual and environmental level, with a need to educate young people about the hazards of designer drinks, address the semiotic implications of designer drinks and lobby against these drinks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)213-224
    Number of pages12
    JournalHealth Education
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 1997


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