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Young people and alcohol: taste perceptions, attitudes and experiences - wine
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Drinking alcohol is considered a normative behaviour in adolescence, with adolescent drinkers the majority of consumers for some beverages.
This study aims to determine the palatability of a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to teenagers and young adults.
A convenience sample of 350 participants was recruited, 70 in each of five age groups. Participants were grouped according to age into 12-13yrs, 14-15yrs, 16-17yrs, younger adults of 18-23yrs, and older adults of 24-30yrs.
For the total sample reporting having used alcohol, the mean initiation age was 13.6 years.
Participants were most likely to initiate their alcohol use at home (40.4%), followed by a private party (20.4%) or friend's house (17.9%). Among the participants, wine was the most commonly mentioned usual drink among adult females (24-30 years).
Finally, the authors concluded that alcoholic beverages such as wine are successful at not targeting adolescents.