Honors Program

[Honors-in-Discipline (Choose below)], Honors in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Dustin Osborne

Thesis Professor Department

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Thesis Reader(s)

Bradley Edwards


Adolescent alcohol consumption is a topic that has been well-researched to date due to the dangers it can pose. A variety of factors may work to contribute to the habits these adolescents develop. One factor that has not been extensively studied is the impact of locations on drinking decisions. Location provides a perspective on how various social factors can intersect to dictate where and when young people will choose to consume alcohol. Most previous literature has focused on the alcohol usage found at parties or bars, but the current research wishes to expand this idea to other locations, such as a friend’s house and the school setting. By identifying these locations and seeking to determine whether various factors impact drinking choices, we can better understand the problem. The current study did so by utilizing data from the Monitoring the Future (MTF) Project. Results revealed that certain locations were more common than others, and that some demographic and social characteristics may influence this fact. Results are discussed, as are limitations and suggestions for future research.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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