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Term: Adolescent Alcohol Consumption - (CCHS Survey Data)

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2008-11-18


The consumption of one or more alcoholic beverages by an adolescent aged 12 to 19 years in the span of one year. A typical alcoholic drink is equal to 12-ounces of beer, 5-ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor (gin, rum, vodka, whisky, etc.; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008 ).

In Brownell et al. (2008), information from the CCHS was used to divide adolescents into two groups: ages 12-15 and ages 16-19 years, and then categorized into those who had consumed alcohol in the last 12 months and those who had not. The older group was then further categorized according to volume: less than 1 drink per week and one or more drinks per week.

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  • Brownell M, De Coster C, Penfold R, Derksen S, Au W, Schultz J, Dahl M. Manitoba Child Health Atlas Update. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2008. [Report] [Summary] [Additional Materials] (View)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alcohol and Public Health. Available at: [Related Links] (View)

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