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Salud Pública de México

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ALDERETE, Ethel; KAPLAN, Celia P; NAH, Gregory  y  PEREZ-STABLE, Eliseo J. Problems related to alcohol drinking among youth in Jujuy, Argentina. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2008, vol.50, n.4, pp. 300-307. ISSN 0036-3634.

OBJECTIVE: To examine drinking patterns and alcohol-related problems among youth in Jujuy, Argentina. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 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. RESULTS: 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. CONCLUSIONS: 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.

Palabras llave : alcoholism; adolescent; Latin America; Argentina.

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