On six nights in december 2006 and may 2007 fifteen

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On six nights in December 2006 and May 2007 , fifteen drinking establishments in Gainesville, Florida were observed. Thombs et al., 2008
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Establishment Visits Each establishment visit consisted of: (1) Observational assessment inside establishment (2) Sidewalk interviews outside establishment
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General Findings Soda was generally more expensive than beer. Food was available at less than ½ of the establishments. Free food was limited to peanuts and nachos. Thombs et al., 2008
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Findings At less than half of the establishments, signage was observed that encouraged patrons to drink in a responsible manner. “Drink Responsibly” Thombs et al., 2008
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Sidewalk Interviews Sidewalk interviews consisted of a 3-5 minute interview and breath alcohol test to determine the BrAC levels of those exiting bars. Thombs et al., 2008
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Breath Sample Participants provided a breath sample to estimate blood alcohol concentration.
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Sample Of approximately 600 exiting patrons, 291 agreed to participate. 61% were men 86% were college students 84% were 21 years of age or older Average BrAC =.091 (range .000 - .281) 58% above the legal limit to drive (BrAC ≥ . 08) No BrAC sex difference
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Sex Differences Although men drank more and spent more money, there was no significant sex differences in BAC: Men Women Drinks consumed (median) 8 5 Money spent (median) $15 $5 BAC (median) .090 .087 Thombs et al., 2008
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Conclusion Taking advantage of a drink special was associated with a 4 times greater risk of exiting a bar in a highly intoxicated state (i.e., BrAC > .
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