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Race Differences in the Association Between Binge Drinking and Treatment Among First-Time Justice-System-Impacted Youth

We aim to determine whether there are racial/ethnic differences in the association between binge drinking frequency and community-based alcohol treatment among justice-system-impacted adolescents and young adults.

We examined whether race/ethnicity moderated the relation between binge drinking and youths’ likelihood of receiving alcohol treatment. The sample included 1216 male, first-time-arrested youth from the Crossroads Study (2011–2018). Participants were recruited from CA, PA and LA.

Black youth who binge drink occasionally are less likely than White youth to receive alcohol treatment. The present findings highlight a need for efforts to mitigate racial disparities in access to or motivations to seek community-based treatment.

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