In this newly published study in the International Journal of Public Health, the authors (Alessio Vieno, Michela Lenzi, Massimo Santinello, Franco Cavallo) explore the time trend changes and gender convergence in adolescent drunkenness in different Italian regions.
The study uses data from over 13,000 adolescents, taken from the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) and reports a general decrease in the prevalence of drunkenness from 2002 to 2010 in both boys and girls, apart from the North East part of the country. Moreover, the difference in the prevalence of drunkenness between boys and girls declined in the same time period in South Italy and the islands.
The authors conclude that future research and prevention programs should give more consideration to geographical and cultural differences not only by taking into account differences between countries, but also differences between regions within the same countries.
How is the prevalence of alcohol consumption amongst adolescents in your country? Has it changed in the last decade and if yes why do you think this is so?