Differences in alcohol brand consumption among underage youth by age, gender, and race/ethnicity - United States, 2012

Michael Siegel, Amanda J. Ayers, William DeJong, Timothy S. Naimi, David H. Jernigan

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Aim: No previous national study has reported the prevalence of alcohol brand consumption among underage youth by demographic characteristics. The aim of this study was to determine the alcohol brand preferences among underage drinkers in different demographic categories.Methods: We administered an online survey to a national sample of 1031 underage youth, aged 13-20, who had consumed at least one drink of alcohol in the past 30 d. The sample was recruited from a previously established internet survey panel. The main outcome measure was the estimated 30-d consumption prevalence for each of 898 brands by age, gender, and race/ethnicity.Results: Two beer brands - Bud Light and Budweiser - are uniformly popular among underage drinkers, regardless of age, gender, or race/ethnicity. There are several hard liquor brands whose use increases markedly with age. Two flavored alcoholic beverages sharing the names of hard liquor brands - Smirnoff and Bacardi - are more popular with older youth. Some flavored alcoholic beverages are about twice as popular among female underage drinkers. There are 12 alcohol brands that are uniquely popular among Black underage drinkers, and these brands are heavily promoted in urban music.Conclusion: There are differential patterns of brand-specific alcohol use among underage drinkers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)430-438
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Substance Use
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2 2015


  • Alcohol
  • brand
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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