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Bosque-Prous, Marina and Kuipers, Mirte AG and Espelt, Albert and Richter, Matthias and Rimpelä, Arja and Perelman, Julian and Federico, Bruno and Brugal, M Teresa and Lorant, Vincent and Kunst, Anton E [Biomed Central] . (2017) Adolescent alcohol use and parental and adolescent socioeconomic position in six European cities. BioMed Central. BMC Public Health, 17 (646) doi.org/10.1186/s12889-017-4635-7

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Background: Many risk behaviours in adolescence are socially patterned. However, it is unclear to what extent socioeconomic position (SEP) influences adolescent drinking in various parts of Europe. We examined how alcohol consumption is associated with parental SEP and adolescents’ own SEP among students aged 14–17 years.

Methods: Cross-sectional data were collected in the 2013 SILNE study. Participants were 8705 students aged 14–17 years from 6 European cities. The dependent variable was weekly binge drinking. Main independent variables were parental SEP (parental education level and family affluence) and adolescents’ own SEP (student weekly income and academic achievement). Multilevel Poisson regression models with robust variance and random intercept were fitted to estimate the association between adolescent drinking and SEP.

Results: Prevalence of weekly binge drinking was 4.2% (95%CI = 3.8–4.6). Weekly binge drinking was not associated with parental education or family affluence. However, weekly binge drinking was less prevalent in adolescents with high academic achievement than those with low achievement (PR = 0.34; 95%CI = 0.14–0.87), and more prevalent in adolescents with >€50 weekly income compared to those with ≤€5/week (PR = 3.14; 95%CI = 2.23–4.42). These associations were found to vary according to country, but not according to gender or age group.

Conclusions: Across the six European cities, adolescent drinking was associated with adolescents’ own SEP, but not with parental SEP. Socio-economic inequalities in adolescent drinking seem to stem from adolescents’ own situation rather than that of their family.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Biomed Central
Date:August 2017
Publisher:BioMed Central
Volume:17
Number:646
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family environment > Parental attitude
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role > Role of parent
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family and substance use > Substance related family problems
L Social psychology and related concepts > Life circumstances > Financial (money) problems
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Social condition > Poverty
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
T Demographic characteristics > Parent
VA Geographic area > Europe

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