Social network effects in alcohol consumption among adolescents.

  title={Social network effects in alcohol consumption among adolescents.},
  author={Mir M. Ali and Debra S. Dwyer},
  journal={Addictive behaviors},
  volume={35 4},
In this paper we seek to empirically quantify the role of peer social networks in explaining drinking behavior among adolescents. Using data from a nationally representative sample of adolescents we utilize a multivariate structural model with school-level fixed effects to account for the problems of contextual effects, correlated effects and peer selection to purge the potential biases from the estimates of peer influence. Our peer group measures are drawn not only from the nomination of close… CONTINUE READING