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Excessive alcohol use and its association with risky sexual behaviour: a cross-sectional analysis of data from Victorian secondary school students

Agius, Paul, Taft, Angela, Hemphill, Sheryl, Toumbourou, John and McMorris, Barbara 2013, Excessive alcohol use and its association with risky sexual behaviour: a cross-sectional analysis of data from Victorian secondary school students, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 76-82, doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12014.

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Title Excessive alcohol use and its association with risky sexual behaviour: a cross-sectional analysis of data from Victorian secondary school students
Author(s) Agius, Paul
Taft, Angela
Hemphill, Sheryl
Toumbourou, JohnORCID iD for Toumbourou, John orcid.org/0000-0002-8431-3762
McMorris, Barbara
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume number 37
Issue number 1
Start page 76
End page 82
Total pages 7
Publisher Public Health Association of Australia Inc.
Place of publication Deakin, ACT
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1326-0200
Keyword(s) Adolescent
Sexual behaviour
Drinking
Alcohol
Risky sex
Summary Objective
Estimate the prevalence of sexual behaviour and alcohol use and examine the association between excessive alcohol use and risky sexual behaviour in late secondary students in Victoria, Australia.

Method
The sample of Year 11 students from government and independent schools participating in the 2008 International Youth Development Study (n=450) was representative of the Victorian school population. Logistic regression analyses examined the associations between sexual behaviour, binge and compulsive drinking, adjusting for socio-demographic, school and family factors.

Results
Under half (44%) the students had experienced sex in the past year, half (50%) had engaged in binge drinking in the past two weeks and 26% reported compulsive drinking in the past year. Of those who reported sex in the past year (n=197), 34% had sex without a condom at the last sexual encounter and 28% later regretted sex due to alcohol. The likelihood of experiencing sex was increased by binge (OR=2.44, 95%CI 1.44-4.12) and compulsive drinking (OR=2.15, 95%CI 1.29-3.60). For those sexually active, binge drinking increased the risk of having three or more sexual partners (OR=3.37, 95%CI 1.11-10.26) and compulsive drinking increased the likelihood of regretted sex due to alcohol (OR=4.43, 95%CI 2.10-9.31). Excessive drinking was not associated with condom non-use.

Conclusion and implications

Risky sex – multiple sexual partners and regretted sex due to alcohol – and excessive drinking are highly prevalent and co-associated among Victorian late secondary students.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12014
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Public Health Association of Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30060329

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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