This study reveals associations between alcohol use and demographic variables, as well as the relation between alcohol use and sexual activity, using episodic data. Data were obtained during summer and fall 2008 from a sample of 558 gay, bisexual, and other young men who have sex with men (YMSM), ages of 13-29 years in New York City. Recruitment strategies targeted potential participants at gay-related venues and public spaces often frequented by YMSM. Alcohol use varied by race/ethnicity, with White YMSM consuming significantly more alcohol than other races/ethnicities. Participants over the age of 21 drank significantly more alcohol than participants ages 13-20. Alcohol use was not found to be associated with sexual risk-taking activity. Our findings are enriched by a large, diverse sample of urban YMSM. Study limitations are noted.
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