When You’re a Teenager, There’s a Lot You Can Learn from a World of Beer
Posted On July 23, 2021
article The next generation of American beer drinkers is likely to be less inclined to indulge in craft beer, according to a study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder.
But what do they think about beer?
The study suggests that young adults who have grown up in the past decade or two might not be so interested in the genre.
The new study, published online by the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, focused on students who grew up between 2003 and 2006 at a Colorado community college.
They were also surveyed about their beer preferences.
The study’s authors focused on how their peers, who were more likely to have attended a college with an active student-run beer program, reacted to the study.
Some of their responses indicated that they were open to the idea of a “beer culture,” with the authors saying that they would have no problem drinking beer at home or on the weekends.
The researchers said that it was also clear that some students’ beer consumption was linked to their socioeconomic status.
“The younger generation has grown up consuming more alcohol, but it’s not necessarily because they have more of an interest in it,” said lead author Kristin M. Hagen, a doctoral student in psychology.
“It’s just that they have had more opportunities to experience it.
It’s just not that they’ve been exposed to it in the same way that younger people have.”
Hagen and her colleagues were interested in finding out if this “beer” generation was as engaged in beer consumption as previous generations.
The survey included responses from nearly 2,500 students at CU’s Boulder campus between 2003-05.
Hagan and her team wanted to understand how their students’ attitudes about beer might change over the course of their lives.
The data set also provided a unique window into how they responded to the topic.
While the data set included questions about the subject of beer, the students were also asked about the topic of alcohol in general.
The students were asked how they thought about drinking and whether they had ever drunk alcohol.
Some also answered about the issue of how they viewed the effects of alcohol on a person’s life.
In addition to the questions about drinking, they also completed questionnaires about their attitudes about drinking.
The questionnaires included questions like “How much do you drink?” and “How many drinks do you have a week?” and more detailed questions about what people are drinking.
When asked about their alcohol consumption, the participants were also given an alcohol-related question: “What percentage of the time do you think alcohol is good for you?”
In addition, they were asked whether they would drink more beer, beer-related products, or beer-based beverages, or if they would consume fewer.
The questions about beer and alcohol consumption were similar for the students who answered no to the “beer or alcohol culture” question and those who answered yes.
But the students also had questions about how they felt about alcohol.
They answered about their relationship with alcohol by asking whether they thought it was acceptable or inappropriate to drink alcohol or to make alcohol decisions based on alcohol use.
Hager said that this may help the researchers to better understand what these students were feeling as they grow older.
“This is an important question because it really captures how much people understand alcohol,” Hager told ABC News.
“When you ask people, ‘What’s the best thing for you to drink?’ it’s really not that important.
But if you ask them, ‘How do you feel about drinking alcohol?’ that’s the sort of question that they’ll ask themselves.”
Hager and her co-authors are planning to continue the study in a follow-up study.
“We don’t want to do this as a one-time study,” Hagen said.
“But this is something we want to look at going forward.”
Students in the CU Boulder community also had a more nuanced view of alcohol than the other participants, with nearly two-thirds of them saying that alcohol is “not that bad” or “very bad.”
Some of the students may have grown out of their drinking years ago, but the researchers said they still think alcohol should be regulated and regulated well.
They also said that they thought alcohol should have the same level of safety as wine or beer, as long as it is used responsibly.
Hagnk has also found that some of the participants’ attitudes toward alcohol may have changed in the last five years.
“They’re no longer as young, and they’ve had more time to really learn,” Hagnks said.