Problems related to alcohol drinking among youth in Jujuy, Argentina

Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Argentina.
Salud publica de Mexico (Impact Factor: 0.94). 07/2008; 50(4):300-7.
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To examine drinking patterns and alcohol-related problems among youth in Jujuy, Argentina.
A survey was conducted in 2005 with a representative sample of 9th grade youth (12 to 17 years old) including sociodemographic and consumption data, and the AUDIT-C test.
Nine percent of girls and 11% of boys reported hazardous drinking; 12% of girls and 19% of boys reported dependence symptoms. The odds ratio for dependence symptoms (adjusted OR 0.7; 95%CI: 0.6-0.8) and for hazardous drinking (adjusted OR 0.7; 95%CI: 0.6-0.8) was significantly lower for girls compared with boys. Older age, working, and attending night school were risk factors for hazardous drinking, dependence symptoms, and harmful drinking.
A significant proportion of youth reported problematic patterns of alcohol drinking, highlighting the need to implement prevention and treatment interventions tailored to the adolescent population.

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