Twelfth-grade binge drinking linked to risky driving practices

Twelfth-grade binge drinking linked to risky driving practices

(HealthDay)—Twelfth-grade binge drinking predicts early adulthood risky driving practices and high-risk drinking in early adulthood, according to a study published online Jan. 6 in Pediatrics.

Federico E. Vaca, M.D., M.P.H., from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues examined the longitudinal correlations of 12th-grade binge drinking with driving while impaired (DWI), riding with an impaired driver (RWI), blackouts, extreme binge drinking, and risky driving using data from seven waves (W1 to W7) of the Next Generation Health Study (2,785 participants).

The prevalence of binge drinking was 27.2, 23.8, and 26.8 percent in W1, W2, and W3, respectively. The researchers found a correlation for 12th-grade binge drinking with an increased likelihood of DWI, RWI, blackouts, and risky driving in W4 to W7 and with extreme binge drinking in W7. The likelihoods of DWI, RWI, and blackout (W4 to W7), being involved in extreme drinking (W7), and reporting riskier driving several years after were increased for adolescents who binged three or more times in high school. Parental practices seemed to have enduring effects in protecting against DWI, RWI, and blackouts in some waves.

"Our findings are relevant to that seek to incorporate alcohol screening with intentional inquiry about binge ," the authors write. "Moreover, our results may be instructive to programs that seek to leverage facets of parental practices to reduce health-risk contexts for youth."


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