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McBride, N., Farringdon, F. and Midford, R. (2000). What harms do young Australians experience in alcohol use situations. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 21, (1), pp. 54-59. [RJ321]

Objective: This paper provides an insight into the alcohol-related experiences of young students in Perth, Western Australia with particular emphasis to alcohol-related harm. Method: The study sample of 2329 students (female: n=1089, male: n=1240) is a school-based group that was selected using cluster sampling, with stratification by socio-economic area and represents young 11 to 12 year olds experiences with alcohol and alcohol-related harm. The fourteen schools involved in the study represent approximately 23% of government, secondary schools in the Perth metropolitan area. The SHAHRP survey instrument was purposely developed and pre-tested to measure students' knowledge, attitudes, patterns of use, context of use, harms associated with the students own alcohol consumption and harms associated with other people use of alcohol and incorporates the students perceptions of alcohol-related harm. Results: The results indicate that: nearly two thirds of all young people consumed alcohol under adult supervision; nearly 40% of all young males and 34% of all young females also drink alcohol in unsupervised situations; and a fifth of young males consumed alcohol alone. Young males start drinking at a younger age than young females, consumed alcohol more regularly than young females and consumed more alcohol per occasion. In the last 12 months, young males experienced over five alcohol-related harms associated with their own alcohol consumption, young females experienced over three alcohol-related harms associated with their own drinking. Young males and females experienced a similar number of harms associated with other peoples use of alcohol. Overall, young people experienced an average of seven alcohol-related harms in the last 12 month. Unsupervised drinkers experienced 12 alcohol-related harms per month and were nearly 7 times more likely to experience alcohol-related harm than supervised drinkers and nearly 13 times more likely to experience alcohol-related harm than non-drinkers. Conclusion/Implications: The results of this study can assist in the informing the development of alcohol education programs for young people.

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