Underage college college students who receive and use false identification (fake ID) are at risk for damaging outcomes. Nevertheless, it is at the moment unclear how uniquely the fake ID itself serves as a car to subsequent hurt (i.e., the “fake ID effect”) over and above normal and trait-associated risk components (e.g., deviant peers, low self-management).


In an effort to investigate whether the “fake ID effect” would hold after accounting for phenotypic risk, we utilized propensity rating matching (PSM) in a cross-sectional pattern of n=1,454 college students, and a longitudinal replication pattern of n=three,720 undergraduates. Individuals with a fake ID have been matched with individuals with no fake ID, by way of numerous trait-primarily based and social risk factors. These matched teams have been then compared on 5 problematic outcomes (i.e., frequent binge drinking, alcohol-associated issues, arrests, marijuana use, and onerous drug use).



Findings showed that “fake ID results” have been substantially—although not absolutely—diminished following PSM. The “fake ID effect” remained strongest for alcohol-associated arrests. This will likely relate to problems with enforcement and college students’ willingness to engage in deviant behavior with a fake ID, or it could be a perform of combined processes.


General, the findings counsel that interventions mustn’t solely be aimed toward decreasing fake ID-associated alcohol access specifically, however must also be aimed extra generally towards at-risk youths’ access to alcohol. Future analysis would possibly look at whether fake IDs have their strongest potency as moderators of the effects of dangerous traits—comparable to impulsiveness—on drinking outcomes.

Key phrases: False identification, Fake IDs, underage alcohol use, heavy episodic drinking, binge drinking


Fake IDs, a singular mode of alcohol access, are more and more sought after as individuals near the minimum legal drinking age (Martinez et al., 2007; Wagenaar et al., 1996). These types of false identification could also be borrowed (or duplicated) from an older peer or sibling (Myers et al., 2001), or they may be a specifically crafted doc obtained regionally or from a web based vendor (Murray, 2005). No matter their supply, there appears to be a bidirectional relation between heavy drinking and fake IDs, such that (1) heavy drinking predicts subsequent obtainment of a fake ID, and (2) “possession” (i.e., possession) of a fake ID predicts subsequent frequency of heavy drinking (outlined as 5+ drinks per event; Martinez, et al., 2007).

This bidirectional relation not solely illustrates the public health dangers of this mode of alcohol access, however begs the query of whether it is extra the case that a fake ID itself serves as a car to subsequent hurt (i.e., the “fake ID effect”) or whether such harms and outcomes are predominantly pushed by a normal level of phenotypic risk on the a part of the fake ID “owner” (e.g., deviant peer associations, low self-management). Although normal alcohol access theories would possibly help the former speculation nearly fully (specifically, fake ID possession will increase alcohol access and subsequent hurt; see Gruenewald, 2011), normal criminological theories of phenotypic risk help the latter (specifically, that broad categories of risk—or propensities to engage in dangerous behavior—are the true reason behind hurt; see Pratt & Cullen, 2000). Certainly, such propensities is perhaps what predicts fake ID obtainment in the first place, and although the strength of the fake ID effect appears to extend over time, it is greatly diminished after controlling for sex, Greek status, and pre-college rates of drinking (Martinez et al., 2007). In sum, it is unclear how sturdy the fake ID effect is perhaps after accounting for people’ ranges of phenotypic or propensity risk—although this query has bearing on prevention and policy initiatives, which may deal with either strengthening enforcement of fake ID legal guidelines themselves, rising assets for trait-primarily based at-risk youth packages, or a neighborhood-pushed combination of each (see Fell, Thomas, Scherer, Fisher & Romano, 2015; Fell, Scherer, Thomas & Voas, 2016; Fell, Scherer & Voas, 2015; Grube, 1997) .

Thus, so as to investigate the strength of the fake ID effect, we matched college students with and without fake IDs on numerous risk-primarily based covariates using propensity rating matching (PSM) techniques. We first compared matched teams’ drinking- and drug-use-associated outcomes in a cross-sectional pattern of n=1,454 college college students at a big Southeastern university. We additionally compared matched teams in a further longitudinal replication pattern of n=three,720 undergraduates at a big Midwestern university. We hypothesized that the effects of fake ID possession on outcomes can be greatly diminished by—and therefore largely attributable to—the pre-present trait-primarily based components on which fake ID homeowners and non-homeowners might be matched. These comparisons can inform the extent to which the relationship between damaging outcomes and false identification possession are attributed to choice components, which once more, might have practical software for intervention and policy.

Process and Individuals

Two samples have been separately investigated following Institutional Assessment Board (IRB) approval: (1) A cross-sectional pattern of n=1,454 underage college college students from a big Southeastern University (IRB Protocol H12032) and (2) a prospective replication pattern of n=three,720 undergraduates beneath the minimum legal drinking age from a big Midwestern college (IRB Protocol 01-01-001). Of word, each samples offer unique insights into the relationship between false identification use and damaging outcomes. More specifically, the cross-sectional examine contains items that distinguish between using fake IDs in several conditions (at bars, at grocery stores, etc.) and the longitudinal examine provides insight into the potential results of fake ID possession over time and establishes temporal order.

With regard to the cross-sectional pattern, through the academic year 2011–2012, members have been recruited from forty randomly selected giant (>99 college students) and average enrollment (30–99 college students) classes. Individuals accomplished a one-page knowledgeable consent doc in the selected classes earlier than being given a six-page paper survey about college life and behaviors to finish with pencil or pen. Individuals were not compensated. All enrolled college students have been invited to participate and the response rate was excessive at 80.4% (Stogner & Miller, 2013; 2014; Hart et al., 2014). After those above the legal drinking threshold have been removed, the analytic pattern was n=1,454 underage individuals. The pattern was largely representative of the college with regard to demographics and was specifically 51.6% female, 68.9% White/non-Hispanic, with a median age of 18.ninety five (SD=.795). Although this pattern is cross-sectional, establishing temporal ordering of the covariates and fake ID possession is essentially inconsequential for the majority of covariates as many are immutable (age, race, gender) or exterior of the individual’s management (residence location, parental earnings, sexual orientation, etc.).

The longitudinal pattern additionally utilized a self-report survey methodology. All incoming college students in 2002 have been recruited to finish an instrument through the summer season prior to college entrance using paper and pencil and then have been asked to finish online surveys each semester for the following four years (a total of eight semesters). Students supplied knowledgeable consent and have been compensated $25 in each wave. After excluding the n=35 who have been of age, 88% of the eligible coming into class accomplished the survey (n=three,720). The pattern was 53.7% female, 90.three% White/non-Hispanic, and averaged 17.9 (SD=.36) years of age (reflecting demographics which can be representative of the college as a complete [University Registrar, 2013]). Students have been traditionally aged; by the beginning of their junior year, only one-third of the pattern had reached the minimum legal drinking age, climbing expectedly to 99.7% by the ultimate semester of college, Sample retention was good, ranging from 69% to 87% of baseline respondents taking part at each subsequent wave. Retention biases have been low, although individuals have been extra more likely to stay in the pattern if they have been females (OR=2.33) and have been much less more likely to stay in the pattern if they have been frequent binge drinkers (OR=.88; Sher & Rutledge, 2007). By the ultimate time-level, the pattern dimension was n=2,250, although ninety% of students participated in or extra assessment waves and 82% participated in three or extra waves. The longitudinal PSM introduced inside the text utilized the first years of college solely (i.e., the first four semesters, when the overwhelming majority of members have been underage) and, in line with most PSM analysis, solely created matches between individuals in a fashion which is instantly similar to the analysis carried out with the cross-sectional sample.1


For the purposes of replication, it was necessary that the measures used in each the cross-sectional and longitudinal research stayed as comparable as possible. For ease of presentation, measures are organized by way of their conceptual importance to the overall examine with cross-sectional and longitudinal measures explained collectively in each section. Timing of the longitudinal measures was thought-about necessary and is described as is appropriate. Particularly, although the eight-wave longitudinal pattern included a number of measurements of many covariates throughout time, the first longitudinal PSM solely utilized measurements as they would be anticipated to happen if observing a “fake ID effect” over a logical progression of time (i.e., Trait/propensity measures have been measured at Wave 1 and used to predict fake ID possession at Wave 2 which in turn assessed as a predictor for consequence measures at each Waves three and Wave 4). The second semester of college (Wave 2) was chosen as the singular goal time-level at which fake ID possession (or the “fake ID effect”) was measured, as a result of it is regarded as a peak time of risk for damaging drinking-associated outcomes and false ID possession (see Martinez et al., 2008).

Major Outcomes Five outcomes associated to substance use have been explored. First, a measure of frequent binge drinking was created in each samples. A six-choice ordinal merchandise asked respondents how many days in the last month did they devour 5 or extra alcoholic drinks. A sex-specific binge drinking measure was not available. Those deciding on either of the 2 highest frequency options (10–19 days and 20+ days) have been categorised as frequent binge drinkers whereas all others have been not. This dichotomous merchandise represents binge drinking greater than ten days in the last month. Second, we utilized an instrument created by Maney, Higham-Gardill, and Mahoney (2002) to signify alcohol-associated issues in the cross-sectional sample. This ten-merchandise scale assesses the degree to which the individual feels that alcohol use has created relationship, family, health, behavioral, and professional/faculty issues in the last year and reveals adequate reliability (α=.822). Within the longitudinal pattern, this scale was approximated from ten items taken from the Young Adult Alcohol Issues Screening Take a look at (YAAPST; Hurlbut & Sher, 1992) with adequate reliability (α=.848 in second-year fall and α=.846 in second-year spring). A dichotomous alcohol-associated arrest/citation measure was created within each samples using items that asked respondents if they’d ever been arrested or cited for driving beneath the affect, underage drinking, public dysfunction (attributable to alcohol), being drunk in public, or an open container violation in the last year. The ultimate outcomes have been each dichotomous and measured similarly in each pattern; marijuana use and onerous drug use signify whether the respondent self-reported any use of marijuana and cocaine, heroin, and/or methamphetamine, respectively, in the last year.

False Identification Present fake ID “possession” was assessed dichotomously in each samples (0=No, 1=Sure). The cross-sectional examine additionally included further items that asked respondents whether or not they had used the fake ID in a bar or club and whether or not they had used it in a retailer to buy alcohol.

Trait and risk issue (matching) covariates Fifteen variables have been used in propensity rating matching in the cross-sectional pattern and fourteen have been used in the longitudinal sample. Variables have been selected attributable to their inclusion in each datasets and previous analysis suggesting that they may be associated to the propensity to personal a fake ID and expertise one of many 5 outcomes. These matching variables are: (1) age, (2) age of alcohol use onset, (three) employment status, (4) publicity to substance use, (5) family earnings, (6) gender, (7) GPA, (8) Greek membership, (9) health, (10) low self-management, (11) peer substance use, (12) race, (13) rural residence location (solely measured in the cross-sectional examine), (14) sexual orientation (1=LGBT), and (15) subjective distress.

Eight of the fifteen variables have been measured identically and a ninth was measured practically identically. Among those identically measured have been age, age of first alcohol use, employment status (0= not employed; 1=employed), gender (0=female; 1=male), self-reported grade level average (GPA), membership in a campus Greek group (0=non-member; 1=member), race (0=white, 1=non-white), and sexual orientation (0=heterosexual; 1=lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, or other). Self-reported health was measured with an merchandise that asked respondents to rate their own health—the cross-sectional examine supplied responses ranging from 1 (poor) to 4 (glorious) whereas the longitudinal examine options ranged from 1 (poor) to five (glorious).

The cross sectional examine utilized four-merchandise measures adapted from Lee, Akers, and Borg (2004) to signify publicity to substance use (α=.786) and peer substance use (α=.801). As the longitudinal data didn’t embody similarmeasures, each of these constructs was represented by a single merchandise rather than a four-merchandise scale. The primary (publicity) was measured dichotomously whereas the second (peer substance use) was measured on a six-choice ordinal scale. Low self-management was operationalized using the 24-merchandise Grasmick et al. (1993) scale (α=.889) in the cross-sectional examine and the NEO Five Factor Stock conscientiousness scale (reverse-coded) in the longitudinal pattern (α=.844; Costa & McCrae, 1992). Subjective misery was measured using Cohen and Williamson’s (1988) ten-merchandise perceived pupil stress scale (α=.814) in the cross-sectional examine and the World Severity Index from the Temporary Symptom Stock-18 in the longitudinal pattern (Derogatis, 2000). Increased values on these scales signify extra publicity to substance use, a larger portion of peers that use substances, decrease self-management, and extra subjective misery, respectively.

Each research included a single-merchandise family socioeconomic status measure. Within the cross-sectional examine a measure of family earnings was used. Individuals chose between options ranging from beneath $10,000 per year (coded 1) to over $a hundred seventy five,000 per year (coded 9). An merchandise assessing whether or not college students have been the first of their family to attend college (0=No, 1=Sure) was utilized in the longitudinal study.

Rural residence location was used in the cross-sectional examine, however no comparable measure was available in the longitudinal data. This variable was necessary to incorporate regardless of creating differing matching criteria as a result of traits of the examine area. The cross-sectional pattern was drawn from an area that could be very rural except one major city; thus, a dichotomous merchandise representing whether the scholar grew up in an city / suburban area (coded 0) or a rural one (coded 1) was included. By comparison, this was not a special consideration for the longitudinal pattern, which originated from a college of 35,000 that attracts college students from giant neighboring cities and its personal moderately giant population.


First, we estimated the proportions of fake ID possession in each the cross-sectional and longitudinal samples. In addition to possession of a fake ID, the cross-sectional pattern additionally documented members’ using of the fake ID in bars/clubs and stores. We estimated the bivariate associations of fake IDs with the 5 specified substance use outcomes in each samples—a rudimentary “fake ID effect.”

Subsequent, to raised decide the strength of the “fake ID effect” after accounting for trait measures, propensity rating matching (PSM) was used for each samples. PSM provides a clearer image of the relationship between variables than bivariate analyses which may yield spurious results (Guo & Fraser 2009) and has been used to evaluate issues associated to substance use (Miller et al., 2011). Additionally of word, PSM is preferable to multivariate regression models in instances comparable to this where the variable of interest will not be independently related to the dependent variable, however is likely correlated with those which can be and also occurs extra proximally. The propensity matching strategies developed by Rosenbaum and Rubin (1983, 1985) can be used to create a pattern with teams which can be comparable in all related variables apart from the “treatment” (i.e., fake ID possession). While their strategies do result in a reduction in dimension of analytic pattern (usually leading PSM to be known as resampling), they are efficient at making a state of affairs whereby the effect of “treatment” will be estimated as the common distinction between those uncovered to the treatment and “counterfactuals,” outlined as the anticipated outcomes have been it not for publicity to the treatment (Guo & Fraser 2009). In this case, the PSM methodology creates analytic teams whereby differences aside from false identification use are minimalized.

As instructed by Rosenbaum and Rubin (1983, 1985), we utilized logistic regression to estimate a propensity rating for each participant in each analytic sample. Fake ID possession was regressed on 15 covariates in the cross-sectional pattern (age, age of firsts alcohol use, employment status, publicity to substance use, family earnings, gender, grade level average, membership in a campus Greek group, self-assessed health, low self-management, peer substance use, race, dimension of residence neighborhood, sexual orientation, and subjective misery) and 14 comparable variables (dimension of residence neighborhood excluded, as explained above) in the primary longitudinal PSM analysis (i.e. fake ID possession measured on the second semester and outcomes evaluated in the third and fourth semesters). Using these models, each participant’s propensity rating was then calculated as their conditional chance of getting a fake ID. Following an assessment of areas of frequent help, we created comparison teams within each pattern using a -to-one nearest neighbor matching algorithm with a caliper calculated as .25σ of the propensity scores (see Guo & Fraser 2009). This caliper was .0725 in the cross-sectional pattern and .0426 in the longitudinal sample. This matching technique led to the anticipated decrease in pattern dimension (n=817 and n=518, respectively) however a ample variety of circumstances have been retained for statistical comparisons.

Rates of fake ID possession

Rates of fake ID possession have been fairly excessive, notably in the cross-sectional sample. That’s, of the 1,454 underage alcohol shoppers in the cross-sectional pattern, 583 or 40.1% personal or have owned a fake ID, 560 (38.5%) have used a fake ID at a bar, and 460 (27.8%) have used the ID to buy alcohol at a store. Prevalence rates of false ID use in the Midwestern pattern changed over time. Fake ID possession amongst college students beneath 21 peaked through the third year of college (pre-college=12.5%, first-year fall=17.1%, first-year spring=21.4%, second-year fall=28.1%, second-year spring=32.2%, third-year fall=34.9%, third-year spring=39.0%, fourth-year fall=38.1%, fourth-year spring= fewer than ten college students have been below the minimum legal drinking age).2

The “fake ID effect” previous to matching

Desk 1 presents mean scores for 5 substance use outcomes for fake ID homeowners and non-homeowners in each samples (outcomes at each Wave three and 4 are reported for the longitudinal pattern). Average scores for each consequence (frequent binge drinking [10 or extra days in the last month], self-reported alcohol associated issues, alcohol-associated arrests, marijuana use, and onerous drug use) are introduced for those that have and haven’t owned a fake ID, used a fake ID at a bar/club (cross-sectional pattern solely), and used a fake ID at a retailer (cross-sectional pattern solely). Unbiased samples t-tests have been conducted to determine whether, on average, differences exist between fake ID customers and non-users. Every of the tests reached significance. No matter whether the main target was possession of a fake ID or using it at a selected type of outlet, the results have been consistent. On the bivariate level, extra individuals with false identification interact in frequent binge drinking, have been arrested/cited for an alcohol violation, interact in marijuana use, and use onerous drugs. Individuals with fake identification additionally, on average, report extra alcohol-associated problems. These results would point out that fake IDs are a car of risk. Nevertheless, it is possible that fake ID possession (and associated dangers) are extra a perform of underlying dangerous traits.

Propensity rating matching (PSM)

As a result of consistency in the findings so far regardless of false identification measure (possession, bar use, and/or retailer use), the additional analyses with each pattern makes use of only one false identification measure, possession of a false ID. We carried out PSM analyses in each samples, to examine whether individuals with and without fake IDs proceed to differ on these outcomes after being matched on substantively necessary traits. Desk 2 reveals that individuals with and without fake IDs certainly differed from one another on these trait propensity variables, suggesting that it is these variables which may finally be driving the fake ID effect. Desk 2 additionally reveals that the PSM technique labored effectively in each samples, consistently decreasing bias associated with the statistically vital differences between those with and without fake IDs by greater than 50% on all however one variable. Though three vital differences nonetheless remained in the cross-sectional pattern (age of alcohol use onset, Greek affiliation, and having been raised in a rural area), the magnitude of the differences in age of onset and Greek affiliation have been minor compared to pre-matching. In this, matching was equally, if not more, successful in the longitudinal sample. It must be famous that matching did yield a reduction in pattern size. General, however, in each samples matching appears to have created treatment and comparison teams which can be extra equal and extra acceptable for comparison than the unrivaled data.

The propensity scores that have been calculated for each case are graphically displayed in Determine 1. As will be seen in the determine, a area of frequent help exists, however very few with low propensity scores had a fake ID and very few with excessive propensity scores did not.

Comparing fake ID homeowners and non-homeowners after PSM

Cross-sectional pattern After matching, false identification homeowners and non-homeowners have been compared on each of the 5 substance use associated outcomes. While considerably extra of those with fake IDs in the cross-sectional pattern have been frequent binge drinkers previous to matching (t=9.81, df=815), the teams have been no longer considerably different after matching (t=1.81, df=815) and the common treatment effect (ATE; e.g., differences in group means), as displayed in Desk three, was reduced by 59.2%. Similarly, previous to matching, fake ID homeowners had considerably greater scores on the alcohol associated issues scale than non-homeowners (t=9.eighty three, df=815), but the teams have been no longer considerably different after matching (t=1.31, df=815) and the ATE was reduced by 63.4%. Nevertheless, by way of alcohol-associated arrests, the 2 teams have been nonetheless considerably different and the ATE successfully remained unchanged. As was the case for the first outcomes, fake ID possession was associated with marijuana use previous to matching (t=9.36), however not after (t=1.fifty two; ATE reduced by 60.4%). Finally, onerous drug use was associated with fake ID possession each earlier than (t=7.26, df=815) and after matching (t=2.29, df=815), but the ATE was reduced by 38.4%.

Longitudinal pattern As was the case in the cross-sectional pattern, propensity rating matching led to a considerable decrease in the ATE for four of the 5 outcomes (Desk three, columns three–6). Nevertheless, unlike the cross-sectional pattern, ATEs remained vital for alcohol associated issues (t=4.00 wave three; t=4.17, wave 4, df=516) and marijuana use (t=4.13, wave three; t=2.58, wave 4, df=516) after propensity rating matching. The ATE additionally remained vital for frequent binge drinking (t=3.26, df=516, wave three) and onerous drug use (t=2.06, df=516, wave 4) at one wave however not the other. Once more, these results sizes have been substantially reduced, however in the aforementioned circumstances, not eliminated. As was the case in the cross-sectional pattern, propensity rating matching had little affect on the ATE on alcohol-associated arrests.three


This examine’s preliminary results are in line with earlier analysis—a considerable variety of underage college students have fake IDs and are at greater risk for binge drinking, alcohol-associated issues, alcohol associated arrests, and other substance use (see Arria et al., 2014; Martinez & Sher, 2010; Nguyen et al., 2011). Yet our work additionally showed that for some outcomes, it seems that what initially might have gave the impression to be a “fake ID effect” is essentially the results of components that influenced each the acquisition of the false ID and the outcome. The significant relationship between fake ID use and other substance use outcomes usually remained after PSM, but the magnitude of these relationships have been substantially diminished, most by over 40%. Alcohol-associated arrests have been an exception as the relationship was unaffected by PSM (i.e., after matching, those with a fake ID have been nonetheless at similarly excessive ranges of risk for alcohol-associated arrests [DUIs, open container, etc.]). The explanation this consequence is distinct from the others isn’t readily clear; perhaps regulation enforcement officers usually tend to difficulty citations or arrests for other substance-associated offenses when an individual can be found with a fake ID. If so, the “effect” wouldn’t seem smaller in propensity rating models as the distinction can be pushed by officers’ reactions to the fake ID rather than individuals’ underlying propensity.

The sample that emerges from Desk three seems to point that non-matched samples might have overestimated the effect of false identification use on damaging outcomes, however that fake ID possession has an effect that extends beyond shared causal factors. This specific remaining “fake ID effect” may certainly help the idea that the fake ID itself serves as a sort of threshold into other types of deviant behavior, where those who are prepared to acquire fake IDs become more and more prepared to violate other legal guidelines (see Ruedy et al., 2013; Winograd et al., 2014). However in mild of the opposite findings, it is extra seemingly that fake IDs extra generally average the effects of dangerous traits on behavior. For instance, fake IDs might have the very best potency of effect by way of offering impulsive individuals with further means and opportunity for problematic behaviors that they would not otherwise have engaged in. Certainly, underlying trait dangers are sometimes integrated into opportunity-principle-associated examinations of crime (Grasmick et al., 1993; Lagrange & Silverman, 1999).

As such, these findings have practical implications. Though increased server training, fake ID production/supplier legal guidelines, and legal responsibility legal guidelines are an necessary technique of addressing the dangers of fake IDs as a form of alcohol access (Fell, Scherer, Thomas & Voas, 2014; Yörük, 2014), pretend-ID associated outcomes may additionally partly be a perform of trait dangers that may additionally be addressed with intervention. One approach to begin addressing this mixture of things could also be by way of motivational, normative feedback-primarily based, or abilities interventions which can be specifically aimed toward decreasing the likelihood that at-risk college students receive a fake ID (see Fromme & Orrick, 2004; Larimer & Cronce, 2007). Moreover, a fake ID obtainment-aimed intervention would possibly probably be broadly integrated into interventions which can be especially tailored toward addressing each individuals’ dangerous traits and their ensuing behaviors (see Conrod et al., 2006).

Although an excellent strength of this examine rests in the same findings found with unique college populations, these findings will not be generalizable to non-college attending populations. Additionally, fake ID policies, enforcement, and worry of sanctions might vary substantially in several localities (Erickson, Lenk, Toomey, Nelson & Jones-Webb, 2016). For instance, some drinking institutions could also be lenient of their carding policies, deliberately settle for false identification, and/or not be topic to rigorous regulatory enforcement (Murray, 2005). Additionally, penalties for possessing and/or using a fake ID to buy alcohol varies substantially from state to state including the type of offense, amount of effective, suspension of driver’s license, and the potential of probation or jail time. Future analysis ought to consider the impact of fake ID relative to differential policies and enforcement of the minimum legal drinking age, including neighborhood efforts (Grube, 1997). Additional, whereas fifteen distinct traits have been included in the matching process, there stays the possibility that further components not measured in our data would have an effect on each the willingness to access a fake ID and the end result measures. If so, the “fake ID effect” could also be even smaller than our matching models suggested.

In concluding that the “fake ID effect” is especially a perform of phenotypic risk, fake ID possession might serve as an indicator of heightened risk for extra severe drinking associated problems. Although most penalties for fake ID possession are punitive (fines, probation/jail, and/or loss of driver’s license), policy-makers, college officials, and practitioners ought to goal fake ID homeowners for intervention methods aimed toward decreasing excessive-risk drinking behaviors (and other problematic behaviors linked to phenotypic risk). Although increased penalties and enforcement of the minimum legal drinking age has the potential to cut back fake ID possession, we warning policy-makers to guage and think about the damaging penalties of shifting college drinking away from regulated institutions where safety and emergency companies are extra available (see Baldwin et al., 2012; 2014). Although our findings found that fake ID possession (regardless of individual risk traits) increased the chance for alcohol associated arrests, drug use, and alcohol associated issues (Midwest pattern solely), we didn’t assess victimization and other harms associated with excessive alcohol consumption that could increase in areas not topic to regulatory controls (Miller, Levy, Spicer & Taylor, 2006). Future analysis is needed to guage the impact that fake ID enforcement might have on problematic drinking each in regulated and unregulated spaces.