To examine the prevalence of five life-style behaviours among New South Wales police.
A cross-sectional survey using a self-administered questionnaire, Setting and participants.
A total of 852 police were recruited from metropolitan Sydney.
Prevalence related to age and sex of self-reported alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, inadequate exercise, perception of overweight and stress symptoms.
A high level (89%) of participation was achieved in the survey.
Almost half (48%) of males and more than two-fifths (40%) of females consumed alcohol excessively including continuous hazardous or harmful consumption and binge drinking.
Excessive drinking was more prevalent among younger police. 7'here were 8% of male and 15% of female police who reported that they did not drink alcohol.
Over one-quarter (27%) of male and one-third (32%) of female respondents reported smoking.
Almost half (46%) of men and women (47%) believed that they were overweight.
More than one-fifth (21%) of men and less than one-quarter (24%) of women reported that they did not exercise.
Finally, 12% of men and 15% of women reported feeling moderate to severe symptoms of stress.
The police work-force offers an opportunity to screen for a large number of healthy, young and high risk individuals (particularly men) who are hard to reach in other settings and who rarcly visit their general practitioner. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Policier, Etat sanitaire, Comportement, Santé, Mode de vie, Dépistage, Facteur risque, Nouvelle Galles du Sud, Australie, Océanie, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Policeman, Health status, Behavior, Health, Life style, Medical screening, Risk factor, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0080284
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 31/05/1999.