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

Paul Agius, Angela Taft, Sheryl Hemphill, John Toumbourou, Barbara McMorris

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-82
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2013

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol
  • Drinking
  • Risky sex
  • Sexual behaviour

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