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Binge drinking and alcohol-related behaviours amongst Pacific youth : a national survey of secondary school students Tasileta Teevale, Elizabeth Robinson, Shavonne Duffy, Jennifer Utter, Vili Nosa, Terryann Clark, Janie Sheridan and Shanthi Ameratunga

By: Teevale, Tasileta.
Contributor(s): Robinson, Elizabeth | Duffy, Shavonne | Utter, Jennifer | Nosa, Vili | Clark, Terryann C | Sheridan, Janie | Ameratunga, Shanthi.
Material type: materialTypeLabelArticleSeries: New Zealand Medical Journal.Publisher: NZMA, 2012Subject(s): ADOLESCENTS | ALCOHOL-RELATED HARM | ALCOHOL USE | CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE | EDUCATION | HEALTH | PACIFIC PEOPLES | PASIFIKA | PROTECTIVE FACTORS | RISK FACTORS | SEXUAL VIOLENCE | VIOLENCE | YOUTH2000 | YOUNG PEOPLE | NEW ZEALANDOnline resources: Click here to access online In: New Zealand Medical Journal, 2012, 125(1352): 60 - 70Summary: Aim: Previous studies show Pacific youth polarised as either non/occasional drinkers or heavy binge drinkers. The aim of this study is to describe the demographic, cultural, home & neighbourhood environments of the two types of Pacific drinkers (non-binge drinkers and binge drinkers) to develop risk and protective profiles for alcohol related behaviours. Methods: Data were collected as part of Youth’07, a nationally representative survey of the health and well-being of New Zealand youth. 1,190 Pacific students who identified any of their ethnicities as Samoan, Cook Islands, Tongan, Niue, Tokelauan, Fijian, or Other Pacific Peoples were included. Results: Data was available on 974 students of whom 31.6% were binge drinkers. Students who were younger and had parental Pacific language use at home were less likely to binge drink than other students. Parents’ knowledge of young people’s activities after school and at night time was also protective of binge drinking, while participating in sports teams or a sports club was associated with increased risk of binge drinking. Conclusion: This study indicates the transnational nature of Pacific communities in New Zealand who bring and maintain traditional cultural practices which seem health protective. While participation in sports activities may have health benefits, our findings indicate the need for a more proactive approach on the part of policymakers and the sporting sector to address the associated risk of binge drinking. Alcohol interventions that de-normalise alcohol overconsumption are warranted for young Pacific New Zealanders. (Authors' abstract). "One in five students (20%) reported that their performance at school or work was affected by alcohol use and that they had caused an injury to someone else (19%). High risk was also reported with 14% reported having unwanted sex, 8% were injured requiring medical treatment and 5% experienced a car crash through alcohol use. However, the majority of students reported not being worried about their alcohol consumption (59%)." (page 64). Record #6358
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New Zealand Medical Journal, 2012, 125(1352): 60 - 70

Aim: Previous studies show Pacific youth polarised as either non/occasional drinkers or heavy binge drinkers. The aim of this study is to describe the demographic, cultural, home & neighbourhood environments of the two types of Pacific drinkers (non-binge drinkers and binge drinkers) to develop risk and protective profiles for alcohol related behaviours.

Methods: Data were collected as part of Youth’07, a nationally representative survey of the health and well-being of New Zealand youth. 1,190 Pacific students who identified any of their ethnicities as Samoan, Cook Islands, Tongan, Niue, Tokelauan, Fijian, or Other Pacific Peoples were included.

Results: Data was available on 974 students of whom 31.6% were binge drinkers. Students who were younger and had parental Pacific language use at home were less likely to binge drink than other students. Parents’ knowledge of young people’s activities after school and at night time was also protective of binge drinking, while participating in sports teams or a sports club was associated with increased risk of binge drinking.

Conclusion: This study indicates the transnational nature of Pacific communities in New Zealand who bring and maintain traditional cultural practices which seem health protective. While participation in sports activities may have health benefits, our findings indicate the need for a more proactive approach on the part of policymakers and the sporting sector to address the associated risk of binge drinking. Alcohol interventions that de-normalise alcohol overconsumption are warranted for young Pacific New Zealanders. (Authors' abstract).

"One in five students (20%) reported that their performance at school or work was affected by alcohol use and that they had caused an injury to someone else (19%). High risk was also reported with 14% reported having unwanted sex, 8% were injured requiring medical treatment and 5% experienced a car crash through alcohol use. However, the majority of students reported not being worried about their alcohol consumption (59%)." (page 64). Record #6358