Journal article

STARTING TO DRINK: THE EXPERIENCES OF AUSTRALIAN LOWER SECONDARY STUDENTS WITH ALCOHOL

Gillian Davenport, Lynne Venning, Richard Midford, Leanne Lester, Robyn Ramsden, Bernadette Murphy, Michelle Pose, Helen Cahill

Journal of Drug Education: substance abuse research & prevention | BAYWOOD PUBL CO INC | Published : 2012

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 super..

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