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The rate and pattern of alcohol consumption among Chinese adolescents.
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PMID:  8934296     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence and pattern of alcohol consumption and its relation to participation in other social activities and problem behaviors among adolescents residing in the People's Republic of China. METHODS: Data were collected from a sample of 1,040 students in 6th, 8th, and 10th grades from five public schools in Beijing, China by using a self-administered questionnaire. Chi-square statistics and two-way ANOVA were used to assess the gender and grade difference in lifetime alcohol use of various alcoholic beverages. The age-adjusted and grade-adjusted odds ratio was used to assess the association between alcohol use and selected social activities and problem behaviors. RESULTS: Approximately 70% of the study sample reported prior alcohol consumption. The rate of drinking among males was significantly higher than among females (78% vs. 61%, p < .00001), and the rates among both genders increased with advancing grade (54%, 72%, and 84%, respectively, p < .001). Beer was the most commonly consumed alcoholic beverage. The results also suggested a progression from beer to wine and/or liquor. Drinking behavior was positively associated with participation in unstructured social activities and other problem behaviors. CONCLUSIONS: Alcohol use was prevalent among adolescents residing in China. The findings underscore the need for and importance of intervention efforts targeting alcohol consumption among early adolescents in China.
X Li; X Fang; B Stanton; S Feigelman; Q Dong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1054-139X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adolesc Health     Publication Date:  1996 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-02-21     Completed Date:  1997-02-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9102136     Medline TA:  J Adolesc Health     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  353-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore 21201-1010, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adolescent Behavior*
Alcohol Drinking / adverse effects,  epidemiology*
Analysis of Variance
Chi-Square Distribution
China / epidemiology
Odds Ratio
Social Behavior
Social Problems
Urban Health

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