To identify specific alcohol use beliefs and behaviors among local high school students ; to determine whether relationships exist between alcohol use and various sociodemographic and lifestyle behaviors ; and to assist in the development and implementation of alcohol abuse prevention programs.
This cross-sectional study involved the completion of a questionnaire by 1236 Grade 9-13 students (86% response rate) from 62 randomly selected classrooms in three Canadian urban schools.
Data analyzed here are part of a larger lifestyle survey.
A total of 24% of students reported never having tasted alcohol, 22% have tasted alcohol but do not currently drink, 39% are current moderate drinkers, 11% are current heavy drinkers (five or more drinks on one occasion at least once a month), and 5% did not answer.
Reasons stated most often for not drinking were « bad for health » and « upbringing, » while reasons stated most often for drinking were « enjoy it » and « to get in a party mood. » Student drinking patterns were significantly related to gender, ethnicity, grade, and the reported drinking habits of parents and friends.
Older male adolescents who describe their ethnicity as Canadian are at higher risk for heavy drinking than students who are younger or female, or identify their ethnicity as European or Asian. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Croyance, Attitude, Boisson alcoolisée, Consommation, Facteur sociodémographique, Mode de vie, Programme sanitaire, Prévention, Santé mentale, Adulte jeune, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Belief, Attitude, Alcoholic beverage, Consumption, Sociodemographic factor, Life style, Sanitary program, Prevention, Mental health, Young adult, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0138644
Code Inist : 002B18C05B. Création : 16/11/1999.