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Context of Neighborhoods on Adolescent Binge Drinking

Researchers looked at data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health to examine how a neighborhood context affects racial and ethnic differences in youth binge drinking. Findings revealed that in highly advantaged neighborhoods, black youths were less likely to binge drink than white youths. Additionally, Hispanics living in racially integrated neighborhoods were less likely to binge drink than Hispanics living in white neighborhoods. Overall, whites had higher odds of binge drinking over any other racial or ethnic group.

The study, “Race, Adolescent Binge Drinking, and the Context of Neighborhood Exposure,” is published in Deviant Behavior. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development supported this research effort.

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