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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 13, No. 3, 2013, pp. 777-784
Bioline Code: hs13118
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 13, No. 3, 2013, pp. 777-784

 en Beyond prevalence and pattern: problematic extent of alcohol and substance use among adolescents in Ibadan South-west Nigeria
Atilola, O; Ayinde, O & Adeitan, O


Background: Previous research on adolescent alcohol/substance use in Nigeria had focused on the pattern of use without consideration for the extent of use. Socio-demographic correlates have also not been well explored. Information about socio-demographic correlates can also inform target-points in preventive strategies. Knowledge of the prevalence of problematic pattern of alcohol/substance use can inform the inclusion of rehabilitation strategies in intervention policies.
Objectives: To determine the prevalence, pattern and extent- as well as socio-demographic correlates -of alcohol/substance use among a cohort of adolescents in Nigeria.
Methods: Pattern and extent of alcohol/substance use was examined using the CRAFFT instrument.
Results: A total of 538 adolescents with a mean age of 15.1 ± 1.4years returned completed questionnaires. 12-month prevalence of alcohol and other substance use was 21.4%. About 46% of those who reported use of alcohol or any other substance had a CRAFFT score of >2 which suggests problematic pattern of use. Older age, male gender, parental alcoholand substance and lower than average school performance were independently associated with 12-momth use of alcohol or any other substance.
Conclusions: Adolescent alcohol and substance use is common in Nigeria and a large proportion of users show a problematic pattern of use that warrants rehabilitative intervention.

Adolescents; substance abuse; CRAFFT; Nigeria

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