Alcohol use and Binge Drinking in adolescents living in Germany: A representative study - variation of consumption patterns according to migration background

  • Donath C
  • Gräßel E
  • Baier D
  • et al.
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Introduction: Binge Drinking is a constant problem behaviour in adolescents across Europe. However, epidemiological data on alcohol consumption of adolescents with different migration backgrounds are rare. Objective/aims: Create insight on alcohol consumption patterns in adolescents with different migration backgrounds living in Germany. Methods: In the years 2007/2008, a representative written survey of N = 44,610 students in the 9th grade of different school types in Germany was carried out (net sample). The return rate of questionnaires was 88 % regarding all students whose teachers respectively school directors had agreed to participate in the study. 27.4 % of the adolescents surveyed have a migration background whereby the Turkish culture is the largest group followed by adolescents who emigrated from former Soviet Union states. Results: More than half (57.4 %) of the German 9th-graders engaged in binge drinking at least once during the 4 weeks prior to the survey. Students with migration background of the former Soviet Union showed mainly similar drinking behaviour like German adolescents (56.2 %). Adolescents with Turkish roots engaged in binge drinking less frequently than adolescents of German descent (23.6 %). However, in those adolescents who consumed alcohol in the last 4 weeks, binge drinking is very prominent across cultural backgrounds. Conclusions: Common expectations concerning drinking behaviour of adolescents of certain cultural backgrounds ('migrants with Russian background drink more'/ 'migrants from Islamic imprinted countries drink less') are only partly affirmed. Possibly, the degree of acculturation to the permissive German alcohol culture plays a role here.

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Donath, C., Gräßel, E., Baier, D., Bleich, S., & Hillemacher, T. (2011). Alcohol use and Binge Drinking in adolescents living in Germany: A representative study - variation of consumption patterns according to migration background. European Psychiatry, 26(S2), 31–31. https://doi.org/10.1016/s0924-9338(11)71742-4

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