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Starting to drink: The experiences of Australian lower Secondary students with Alcohol

Davenport, Gillian, Midford, Richard, Ramsden, Robyn, Cahill, Helen, Venning, Lynne, Lester, Leanne, Murphy, Bernadette and Pose, Michelle (2012). Starting to drink: The experiences of Australian lower Secondary students with Alcohol. Journal of Drug Education,42(1):87-98.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 84279116xPUB193
Title Starting to drink: The experiences of Australian lower Secondary students with Alcohol
Author Davenport, Gillian
Midford, Richard
Ramsden, Robyn
Cahill, Helen
Venning, Lynne
Lester, Leanne
Murphy, Bernadette
Pose, Michelle
Journal Name Journal of Drug Education
Publication Date 2012
Volume Number 42
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0047-2379   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84861744362
Start Page 87
End Page 98
Total Pages 12
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract This study describes Australian year eight students' (13–14 years old) experiences with alcohol in terms of communication with parents, initiation into drinking, patterns of consumption, context of use, and harms experienced. The sample comprised 521 year eight students from four state government secondary schools in the state of Victoria. Three of the schools are in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria; the fourth is in a rural center. Female and rural students were more likely to talk to parents about alcohol, but this was not associated with safer drinking. Initiation into drinking was higher among rural students. Rural students also drank more, were more likely to drink without adult supervision, to drink to get drunk, and drink more than planned. Student drinkers experienced just over four alcohol-related harms on average in 12 months, with some indication of greater harm among rural students. Higher levels of drinking by rural students, accompanied by more risky patterns of consumption and the possibility of greater harm, supports prioritizing interventions in rural schools.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/DE.42.1.e   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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