Trend of the consumption of alcoholic beverages amongst high school students in Liberia

Trend of the consumption of alcoholic beverages amongst high school students in Liberia

Author by Prof. Dora Akinboye

Journal/Publisher: Int J Child Adolesc Health

Volume/Edition: 14

Language: English

Pages: 1 - 7

Abstract

Abstract:There was scarcity of data on the use of alcohol amongst high school students in Liberia. A cross- sectional design was used to collect data from 440 students from public and private high schools.Of the 170 respondents, 119 were male (age range 20-29 years). Sixty (35%) of the respondents were 10th graders, while 25% were 8th graders. Twenty-two percent were 11th graders, and 18% were 7th graders. One hundred and fourteen respondents (114) or (67.1%) drank less than one drink at one sitting; twenty-three percent drank 1 or 2 drinks at one sitting, followed by 6% who drank 3 or 4 drinks at one sitting, while 2% drank 5 or 6 drinks at one sitting. Another 2% drank Fifty-eight percent drank less than once or not at all; while 31% drank at least every month; this was followed by 6% who drank at least every day; two percent drank at least every week, followed by another 2% that also at least every year; another 2% drank over 6 drinks at one sitting.  Twenty-five percent of the respondents were current drinkers; while 25% had drunk 30 days prior to the study. There was significant relationship between the students’ drinking and that of their associates. Association between students and parents (p value = .000); siblings (p value = .005); friends (p value = .011); and guardians (p value = .022).Alcohol consumption was a problem among the students and was influenced by their associates.


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