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The influence of normative misperceptions on alcohol-related problems among school-age adolescents in the U.S

Amialchuk, Aliaksandr; & Sapci, Onur. (2020). The influence of normative misperceptions on alcohol-related problems among school-age adolescents in the U.S. Review of Economics of the Household.

Amialchuk, Aliaksandr; & Sapci, Onur. (2020). The influence of normative misperceptions on alcohol-related problems among school-age adolescents in the U.S. Review of Economics of the Household.

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Adolescents usually overestimate their peers’ alcohol use, and these misperceptions affect adolescents’ own alcohol-related behaviors. Using a nationally representative dataset of U.S. adolescents in grades seven to twelve, we estimate the effect of misperception about friends’ alcohol use on adolescents’ alcohol consumption behaviors and alcohol-related problems. Overestimation of friends’ alcohol use significantly increases the likelihood of all alcohol consumption behaviors and all alcohol-related problems approximately one year later. The influence of misperceptions of friends’ drinking is significantly larger for male adolescents than for female adolescents in the cases of heavy drinking, vomiting after drinking, and drunk driving.


Alcohol
problems
social norms
misperception
adolescents


JOUR



Amialchuk, Aliaksandr
Sapci, Onur



2020


Review of Economics of the Household









1573-7152

10.1007/s11150-020-09481-3



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