Abstract Objective. Alcohol remains the most commonly substance used by adolescents.The aim of the study was to draw a comprehensive picture of the behavioural patterns that characterize alcohol use and abuse among 15-year-olds. Materials and methods. The study sample included 18,918 15-year-olds participating in the 2018 Italian Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey. A Bayesian approach was adopted for selecting the manifest variables associated with alcohol consumption; a latent class regression model was employed to identify health-related risk patterns associated with alcohol use. Results. 21% of our sample represented the cluster of heavy drinkers who shared other risk behaviours: heavy smoking habits (29%), cannabis (68%), gambling (52%) and drunkenness (76%) experience, binge drinking (96%) and sexual intercourse (51%). Conclusions. Our results confirm multiple risk-taking behaviours among adolescents tending to cluster in behavioural patterns. This has implications for public health policies and must be considered when planning interventions and prevention strategies.

Alcohol use and misuse: a profile of adolescents from 2018 Italian HBSC data

Lorena Charrier
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Paola Dalmasso
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Alberto Borraccino;Patrizia Lemma;Paola Berchialla
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2020

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Abstract Objective. Alcohol remains the most commonly substance used by adolescents.The aim of the study was to draw a comprehensive picture of the behavioural patterns that characterize alcohol use and abuse among 15-year-olds. Materials and methods. The study sample included 18,918 15-year-olds participating in the 2018 Italian Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey. A Bayesian approach was adopted for selecting the manifest variables associated with alcohol consumption; a latent class regression model was employed to identify health-related risk patterns associated with alcohol use. Results. 21% of our sample represented the cluster of heavy drinkers who shared other risk behaviours: heavy smoking habits (29%), cannabis (68%), gambling (52%) and drunkenness (76%) experience, binge drinking (96%) and sexual intercourse (51%). Conclusions. Our results confirm multiple risk-taking behaviours among adolescents tending to cluster in behavioural patterns. This has implications for public health policies and must be considered when planning interventions and prevention strategies.
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https://www.iss.it/documents/20126/0/ANN_20_04_18.pdf/13bc4613-5d4d-510b-78ed-e8676b4c5c1f?t=1608202799474
Lorena Charrier; Natale Canale; Paola Dalmasso; Alessio Vieno; Veronica Sciannameo; Alberto Borraccino; Patrizia Lemma; Silvia Ciardullo; Paola Berchialla; the 2018 HBSC-Italia Group
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