The Role of Experience in Liking "Ready-to-Drink" Alcoholic Beverages

Richard J. Stevenson*, Jan Copeland, Peter Gates

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Ready-to-drinks (RTDs) are composed of an alcoholic component and a soft-drink base and are primarily consumed by a youth market. The authors explored whether liking and experience with an RTD soft-drink base predicts liking for the RTD. Participants (N = 350) from ages 12 to 30 years sampled 3 RTDs and their respective soft-drink and alcoholic components. For milk- and fruit-based RTDs, liking for and familiarity with their soft-drink base was the best predictor of liking for and familiarity with the RTD itself. For the Coke-based RTD, familiarity with and liking for bourbon best predicted familiarity with and liking for the RTD. All of these effects were consistent across blind and nonblind testing. The authors' results suggest that where there is perceptual similarity between the RTD and its soft-drink base, these beverages may provide an easy transition into alcohol consumption for novice drinkers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)564-569
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007


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