Rural and Urban Differences in Adolescent Alcohol Use, Alcohol Supply, and Parental Drinking

Chan, Gary C.K., Leung J., Quinn, Catherine, Kelly, Adrian B., Connor, Jason P., Weier, Megan Weier and Hall, Wayne D. (2015) Rural and Urban Differences in Adolescent Alcohol Use, Alcohol Supply, and Parental Drinking. Journal of Rural Health, 32 3: 280-286. doi:10.1111/jrh.12151

Author Chan, Gary C.K.
Leung J.
Quinn, Catherine
Kelly, Adrian B.
Connor, Jason P.
Weier, Megan Weier
Hall, Wayne D.
Title Rural and Urban Differences in Adolescent Alcohol Use, Alcohol Supply, and Parental Drinking
Journal name Journal of Rural Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1748-0361
Publication date 2015-10-08
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/jrh.12151
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 32
Issue 3
Start page 280
End page 286
Total pages 7
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: Alcohol use is more prevalent in rural than urban areas in adult populations. Few studies have focused on adolescent drinking. This study investigated if adolescents in regional and rural areas of Australia were more likely to drink alcohol and if there were differences in parental drinking and alcohol supply across regions.

A subsample from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2013, the largest nationally representative household survey on drug use in Australia, was used for this study. Participants who were aged 12-17 (N = 1,159) and participants who indicated they were parents or guardians of a dependent child (N = 7,059) were included in the analyses. Key measures were adolescent and parental alcohol use, parental supply of alcohol, and drinking location.

Findings: Compared to those living in major cities, adolescents from inner regional and rural areas were at 85% and 121% higher odds, respectively, of obtaining their first alcohol from parents, and at 131% and 287% higher odds of currently obtaining their alcohol from their parents. Those from rural areas were at 126% higher odds of drinking in the past 12 months. Parents from inner regional and rural areas were at 45% and 63% higher odds, respectively, of heavy drinking; at 27% and 52% higher odds of weekly drinking; and at 26% and 37% higher odds of drinking at home.

Adolescents from rural areas were at higher risk of alcohol use. Parents in rural areas were more likely to use alcohol in ways that encourage adolescent drinking.
Keyword Adolescent drinking
Alcohol use
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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