ABSTRACT Early drinking is considered to result in making
tolerant of alcohol consumption and a higher prevalence of alcohol related
disorders in the later. We focused generational impacts on drinking rate among
high school students based on multiple nationwide data. The surveys were nationwide,
cross-sectional random sampling surveys given every 4 years from the Japanese
Youth Tobacco and Alcohol Surveys, 1996 to 2008. Participants were male 53,925
high school students from 7th grade to 11th grade. We divided to the three
follow-up groups every 4 years from 1996 to 2004 for male junior high school students in 7th grades and the end periods were 4 years later in 11th grades. Outcome
measures in this study were life time drinking, current drinking within 30
days and weekly drinking. All drinking rates decreased each at 7th and at 11th
grade. The increments in these drinking rates from 7th grade to 11th grade in
males decreased gradually in recent follow-up groups. Generational impacts should
be considered by using follow-up groups to study drinking behaviors among
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