The prevalence of alcohol consumption during early adolescence: a cross-sectional study in an eastern province, Thailand
International Journal of Adolescence and Youth
a faculty of nursing, Burapha university, chonburi, thailand; b faculty of Medicine and health sciences, department of nursing and Midwifery, university of antwerp, antwerp, Belgium; c faculty of Medicine and health sciences, department of nursing and Midwifery, centre for research and Innovation in care, university of antwerp, antwerp, Belgium; d department of Primary and Interdisciplinary care, faculty of Medicine and health sciences, university of antwerp, antwerp, Belgium; e Mental health
... d Wellbeing research Group, Vrije universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium ABSTRACT This cross-sectional study identified and described the prevalence of alcohol consumption among early adolescents (10-14 years). The participants were 9,509 early adolescents from Chonburi province, Thailand. Of all the adolescents, 31.01% had experience with alcohol drinking, while the current drinkers were 10.94%. Girls were more likely to drink and the amount of current drinkers increased with age (p < 0.001). Adolescents living with divorced family, single parents and neither close to both of their parents were more likely to drink in the past year (p < 0.001). The starting age for drinking was 11.31 years ± 1.82; boys were younger (10.97 years) than girls (11.55 years). Alcohol consumption tends to be quite high in Thai's early adolescents, especially girls. This study can inform parents, health care providers, school directors, and local administrative organizations, for addressing alcohol prevention activities, increasing efforts to delay and to reduce early alcohol use.