Adolescent Drinker Identity and Alcohol Use

Adolescent Drinker Identity and Alcohol Use

A new paper published in the Journal of School Health reviewed the theory- and evidence-based literature about identity development and the effects of a drinker identity on alcohol use behaviors in adolescence.  

The following results were reported: 

  • There is some evidence that the drinker identity forms in early adolescence and becomes more well-developed during adolescence.
  • The drinker identity predicts alcohol use behaviors both concurrently and over time in adolescence and young adulthood.  

The authors concluded that identity-based strategies may be promising for prevention or treatment. 

One strategy is to use evidence-based prevention programs founded on the Behavior-Image Model (BIM).  BIM is a theoretical framework emphasizing the use of positive peer and future desired images for creating wellness-based self-identities as positive alternatives to alcohol and drug-related identities.  

Learn more about how BIM informs all Prevention Plus Wellness programs: 

Read research findings supporting the targeting of positive identities by two evidence-based screening and brief interventions, the SPORT and InShape Prevention Plus Wellness programs. 

Research evaluating the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness program for youth: 

Research evaluating the InShape Prevention Plus Wellness program for college students/young adults: 

Read the research abstract: 

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