A Cross-sectional Study Examining Factors Associated with Youth Binge Drinking in the COMPASS Study: Year 1 DataAlin C Herciu, Rachel E Laxer, Adam Cole and Scott T Leatherdale*
School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Canada
- *Corresponding Author:
- Scott T Leatherdale
School of Public Health and Health Systems,
University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue,
Waterloo ON, N2L 3G1, Canada
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Received date: July 29, 2014; Accepted date: August 27, 2014; Published date: September 01, 2014
Citation: Herciu AC, Laxer RE, Cole A, Leatherdale ST (2014) A Cross-sectional Study Examining Factors Associated with Youth Binge Drinking in the COMPASS Study: Year 1 Data. J Alcohol Drug Depend 2:172. doi: 10.4172/2329-6488.1000172
Copyright: © 2014 Herciu AC, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Frequent alcohol use and binge drinking are associated with numerous negative health outcomes. Using data from 17,497 grade 9 to 12 students participating in the COMPASS Study (Year 1), we examined the factors associated with current alcohol use and current binge drinking. Overall, 38.4% of students were considered current alcohol users and 25.5% were current binge drinkers. Tobacco or marijuana use, bullying others, weekly spending money, ethnicity, and grade were associated with increased likelihood of current alcohol use and current binge drinking. It is evident that a substantial number of youth in the Year 1 COMPASS sample report frequently using alcohol and in volumes considered harmful to their health. Considering that numerous risk factors were found to predict alcohol use and binge drinking, future research should evaluate the impact of tailoring interventions to change the modifiable factors associated with high-risk drinking or targeting interventions to at-risk youth.