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Who drinks most of the total alcohol in young men--risky single occasion drinking as normative behaviour.

Abstract

AIMS

The objectives of this study were to analyse (a) the distribution of risky single-occasion drinking (RSOD) among 19-year-old men in Switzerland and (b) to show the percentage of all alcohol consumption in the form of RSOD.

METHODS

The study was based on a census of Swiss francophone 19-year-old men consecutively reporting for processing. The study was conducted at Army Recruitment Center. The participants were 4116 recruits consecutively enrolling for mandatory army recruitment procedures between 23 January and 29 August in 2007. The measures were alcohol consumption measured in drinks of approximately 10 g of pure alcohol, number of drinking occasions with six or more drinks (RSOD) in the past 12 months and a retrospective 1 week drinking diary.

RESULTS

264 recruits were never seen by the research staff, 3536 of the remaining 3852 conscripts completed a questionnaire which showed that 7.2% abstained from alcohol and 75.5% of those drinking had an RSOD day at least monthly. The typical frequency of drinking was 1-3 days per week on weekends. The average quantity on weekends was about seven drinks, 69.3% of the total weekly consumption was in the form of RSOD days, and of all the alcohol consumed, 96.2% was by drinkers who had RSOD days at least once a month.

CONCLUSION

Among young men, RSOD constitutes the norm. Prevention consequently must address the total population and not only high-risk drinkers.

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    Alcohol Treatment Center, Lausanne University Hospital CHUV, CH-1011 Lausanne, Switzerland. gerhard.gmel@chuv.ch

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    MeSH

    Alcohol Drinking
    Alcoholic Beverages
    Alcoholic Intoxication
    Ethanol
    Humans
    Male
    Risk-Taking
    Social Behavior
    Surveys and Questionnaires
    Switzerland
    Young Adult

    Pub Type(s)

    Comparative Study
    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    18723839

    Citation

    Gmel, Gerhard, et al. "Who Drinks Most of the Total Alcohol in Young Men--risky Single Occasion Drinking as Normative Behaviour." Alcohol and Alcoholism (Oxford, Oxfordshire), vol. 43, no. 6, 2008, pp. 692-7.
    Gmel G, Gaume J, Faouzi M, et al. Who drinks most of the total alcohol in young men--risky single occasion drinking as normative behaviour. Alcohol Alcohol. 2008;43(6):692-7.
    Gmel, G., Gaume, J., Faouzi, M., Kulling, J. P., & Daeppen, J. B. (2008). Who drinks most of the total alcohol in young men--risky single occasion drinking as normative behaviour. Alcohol and Alcoholism (Oxford, Oxfordshire), 43(6), pp. 692-7. doi:10.1093/alcalc/agn070.
    Gmel G, et al. Who Drinks Most of the Total Alcohol in Young Men--risky Single Occasion Drinking as Normative Behaviour. Alcohol Alcohol. 2008;43(6):692-7. PubMed PMID: 18723839.
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    TY - JOUR T1 - Who drinks most of the total alcohol in young men--risky single occasion drinking as normative behaviour. AU - Gmel,Gerhard, AU - Gaume,Jacques, AU - Faouzi,Mohamed, AU - Kulling,Jean-Pierre, AU - Daeppen,Jean-Bernard, Y1 - 2008/08/22/ PY - 2008/8/30/pubmed PY - 2009/5/15/medline PY - 2008/8/30/entrez SP - 692 EP - 7 JF - Alcohol and alcoholism (Oxford, Oxfordshire) JO - Alcohol Alcohol. VL - 43 IS - 6 N2 - AIMS: The objectives of this study were to analyse (a) the distribution of risky single-occasion drinking (RSOD) among 19-year-old men in Switzerland and (b) to show the percentage of all alcohol consumption in the form of RSOD. METHODS: The study was based on a census of Swiss francophone 19-year-old men consecutively reporting for processing. The study was conducted at Army Recruitment Center. The participants were 4116 recruits consecutively enrolling for mandatory army recruitment procedures between 23 January and 29 August in 2007. The measures were alcohol consumption measured in drinks of approximately 10 g of pure alcohol, number of drinking occasions with six or more drinks (RSOD) in the past 12 months and a retrospective 1 week drinking diary. RESULTS: 264 recruits were never seen by the research staff, 3536 of the remaining 3852 conscripts completed a questionnaire which showed that 7.2% abstained from alcohol and 75.5% of those drinking had an RSOD day at least monthly. The typical frequency of drinking was 1-3 days per week on weekends. The average quantity on weekends was about seven drinks, 69.3% of the total weekly consumption was in the form of RSOD days, and of all the alcohol consumed, 96.2% was by drinkers who had RSOD days at least once a month. CONCLUSION: Among young men, RSOD constitutes the norm. Prevention consequently must address the total population and not only high-risk drinkers. SN - 1464-3502 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18723839/Who_drinks_most_of_the_total_alcohol_in_young_men__risky_single_occasion_drinking_as_normative_behaviour_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/alcalc/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/alcalc/agn070 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -