TITLE

Trends in drinking habits among adolescents in the Baltic countries over the period of transition: HBSC survey results, 1993-2002

AUTHOR(S)
Zaborskis, Apolinaras; Sumskas, Linas; Maser, Mai; Pudule, Iveta
PUB. DATE
January 2006
SOURCE
BMC Public Health;2006, Vol. 6, p67
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Background: The Baltic countries - Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania - are considered to be an example of regional homogeneity over the period of transition. The World Health Organization cross-national study on Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) allows a comparison and time trends analysis of behavioral patterns among adolescents in this region. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence and trends of alcohol consumption and drunkenness among adolescents of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in 1993/94, 1997/98, and 2001/02. Methods: Representative samples of 5286 boys and 6485 girls aged 15 from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were surveyed in 1993/94, 1997/98, and 2001/02 school-year within the framework of HBSC study. The standardized survey methods were applied. The research focused on the following outcome variables: i) frequency of drinking beer, wine, and spirits; and ii) frequency of drunkenness. The same wording of questions on the consumption of alcohol was retained in each survey. Results: Beer was the most frequently used alcoholic beverage across the Baltic countries among adolescents. The rate of weekly drinking of any alcoholic beverage increased considerably during the eight years of observation, especially among Estonian and Lithuanian students. In 2001/02, 25% of boys and 12.5% of girls have reported drinking alcohol at least weekly. The rate of regular alcohol drinking was two times higher in boys, while irregular drinking was more prevalent in girls. Two or more episodes of drunkenness in the lifespan were reported by 30% of boys and 15% of girls in 1993/94 and by 52% of boys and 36% of girls in 2001/02. The use of alcoholic beverages was related to the perceived family wealth: the students from the families perceived by them as wealthy were more likely to drink weekly as compared to the students from the families perceived by them as not wealthy. Conclusion: Over the period between 1993 and 2002 the prevalence of alcohol consumption among adolescents increased considerably across the Baltic countries. The efforts of dealing with this problem should employ a combination of measures, including the strategies relevant for the period of transition.
ACCESSION #
29362216

 

Related Articles

  • Recent Trends in Adolescent Alcohol Use in Hawai'i: 2005-2011. Nigg, Claudio R.; Anderson, Johanna K.; Troumbley, Rex; Alam, Mohammad Masudul; Keller, Stefan // Hawaii Journal of Medicine & Public Health;Mar2013, Vol. 72 Issue 3, p92 

    Monitoring trends in adolescent alcohol use over time is important for planning, allocation of resources, and evaluation of alcohol prevention and treatment programs. This article is an update of previously reported trends in adolescent alcohol use in the State of Hawai'i utilizing data from the...

  • 16-year olds continue to drink heavily | Trimbos.  // Trimbos Quarterly;9/ 1/2012, p1 

    The article reports on the data from a survey of Health Behaviour in School-age Children (HBSC) which examines the alcohol consumption of young people more than 16 years old in Europe in 2012. Findings reveal that about two-thirds of these adolescents consumed five or more drinks in a single...

  • Drinking and the brain: careful selection of research participants required. Avegno, Elizabeth; Hart, Carl // Psychopharmacology;Aug2014, Vol. 231 Issue 16, p3239 

    A letter to the editor is presented in response to the article "Volumetric Differences in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex Prospectively Predict Alcohol-Related Problems in Adolescence" by A. Cheetham, N. B. Allen, S. Whittle et al. which appeared in a previous issue of the journal.

  • Impacto del consumo nocivo de alcohol en accidentes y enfermedades crónicas en México. Guerrero-López, Carlos Manuel; Muños-Hernández, José Alberto; de Miera-Juárez, Belén Sáenz; Pérez-Núñez, Ricardo; Reynales-Shigematsu, Luz Myriam // Salud Pública de México;2013 supplement 2, Vol. 55, pS282 

    Objective. To analyze alcohol consumption, and its impact on road traffic-related mortality and chronic diseases. Materials and methods. Through the analysis of national health surveys, registry of traffic collisions, mortality records and economic surveys, we estimated prevalence, mortality and...

  • Children's drinking habits influenced by household members.  // Paediatric Nursing;Sep2009, Vol. 21 Issue 7, p5 

    This article reports that the results of a survey by Great Britain's National Health Service indicate that the percentage of students from age 11 to 15 who drank alcoholic beverages is much lower in non-drinking households than those households with three or more people who drank alcohol.

  • ANALYSIS OF THE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION PHENOMENON AMONG ADOLESCENTS: STUDY CARRIED OUT WITH ADOLESCENTS IN INTERMEDIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION. Barroso, Teresa; Mendes, Aida; Barbosa, Antonio // Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem (RLAE);mai/jun2009, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p347 

    This study aimed to evaluate the alcohol consumption phenomenon in public schools in Coimbra, Portugal (7th, 8th and 9th grades) for the implementation of a preventive program of alcohol use/abuse. This is a quantitative, descriptive and correlational study. The sample included 654 students...

  • Hot Mess.  // Teen Vogue;Aug2012, Vol. 12 Issue 6, p146 

    The article focuses on social drinking that leads to alcoholism of teenagers. It cites the story of a 20-year-old woman whose habit of simply drinking at parties high school eventually led to alcoholism. Scott Bienenfeld, medical director of the New York Center for Living, warns that alcohol...

  • Diferencias de género en la prevalencia de los trastornos por uso de alcohol del DSM-IV en adolescentes. SECADES-VILLA, ROBERTO; LÓPEZ-NÚÑEZ, CARLA; FERNÁNDEZ-ARTAMENDI, SERGIO; WEIDBERG, SARA; FERNÁNDEZ-HERMIDA, JOSÉ RAMÓN // Adicciones;2013, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p260 

    Despite the availability of data about drinking frequency and patterns, the surveys on alcohol use among adolescents carried out in Europe tend not to provide information about diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorders (AUD) or estimation of their prevalence. This study assesses the...

  • Alcohol abstinence and drinking among African women: data from the World Health Surveys. Martinez, Priscilla; Røislien, Jo; Naidoo, Nirmala; Clausen, Thomas // BMC Public Health;2011, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p160 

    Background: Alcohol use is increasing among women in Africa, and comparable information about women's current alcohol use is needed to inform national and international health policies relevant to the entire population. This study aimed to provide a comparative description of alcohol use among...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SYSTEM

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics