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Volume 8 Issue 8 (August, 2020)

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Assessment of prevalence of alcohol use among school‑going adolescent students
Nishant, Jitendra Acharya

Background: Alcohol abuse is a major public health problem across the globe. The present study was conducted to assess the prevalence of alcohol use among school‑going adolescent students. Materials & Methods: The present study was conducted among 634 students of both genders. A questionnaire which comprised of habit of substance abuse, type of substance used, age at first experience of alcoholic drinks, duration and frequency of intake, peer pressure for starting alcohol, parental education, and habit, etc., were recorded. Results: 2 students in age of 12, 6 in 13, 10 in 14, 24 in 15 and 40 in 16 had prevalence of alcohol intake. Out of total 634 students, 82 (12.9%) had prevalence of alcohol intake. Among parents, 520 fathers, 112 mothers and 84 close friends had habit of alcohol use. The difference was significant (P< 0.05). 240 parents were illiterate, 114 had upto high school education and 280 had upto college level education. 164 parents were self employed, 290 were wage earner and 180 were in government job. The difference was significant (P< 0.05). Conclusion: Authors found that high prevalence of alcohol intake was observed in school children especially in the age of 15 and 16 years old. Key words: Alcohol, College, Students.

 
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