Brief Underage Alcohol Use Screener Scores Predict Health Risk Behaviors

Jonathan G. Tubman, Alan Meca, Seth J. Schwartz, Maria Rosa Velazquez, Andrew W. Egbert, Mary H. Soares, Timothy Regan

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The aim of this study was to determine if adolescents’ scores on a 2-item underage alcohol use screener predict risky consequences of past-year alcohol use and other health risk behaviors in a nonclinical, school-based sample of adolescents. A predominantly minority sample of 756 middle and high school students completed in-school tablet-based surveys on past-year underage alcohol use and a range of health risk behaviors. Higher scores for self alcohol risk and peer alcohol risk were associated with higher risk of past-year riding with a drunk driver and past 90-day measures of cigarette use, marijuana use, unplanned sex, and unprotected intercourse. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Brief Alcohol Screener is a useful tool for school-based service providers, including school nurses, to identify and address the needs of adolescents at high risk of the development of alcohol use disorders, as well as a range of preventable health risk behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-332
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of School Nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2021


  • adolescent health
  • alcohol screener
  • drunk driving
  • health risk behavior
  • school nursing
  • sexual risk behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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