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Table 2 Characteristics of youths drinking alcohol at all or in ways that contravene national consumption guidance

From: A cross-sectional survey of compliance with national guidance for alcohol consumption by children: measuring risk factors, protective factors and social norms for excessive and unsupervised drinking

  All Drinkers only
     Unsupervised consumption and access Excess drinking
  n % drink alcohol n % drink unsupervised inside % drink unsupervised outside % self-purchase % take from parents % proxy purchase % drink frequently§ % drink heavily§
Age           
15 5955 81.3 4834 55.4 30.1 21.0 8.7 12.6 20.8 51.0
16 5924 83.3 4932 59.3 29.5 29.9 8.3 11.2 23.9 58.4
P   0.004   <0.001 0.481 <0.001 0.460 0.026 <0.001 <0.001
Sex           
Female 5959 85.9 5118 61.3 28.6 25.8 9.1 10.5 20.2 54.4
Male 5920 78.7 4648 53.0 31.1 25.2 7.9 13.5 24.8 55.0
P   <0.001   <0.001 0.007 0.523 0.033 <0.001 <0.001 0.549
Deprivation (IMD^ Score)           
< = 10 (affluent) 2686 86.6 2323 60.9 28.6 23.6 10.8 9.2 21.9 53.7
>10-20 2731 85.5 2331 57.5 28.7 25.2 8.0 10.2 20.2 51.9
>20-30 1608 82.7 1330 57.8 29.6 24.0 8.5 11.5 22.6 53.4
>30-40 1404 80.7 1131 54.8 29.9 28.5 5.7 12.7 20.9 56.7
>40 (poor) 3213 78.2 2510 54.8 31.8 27.3 8.2 15.2 25.3 57.8
P   <0.001   <0.001 0.113 0.005 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
Expendable income           
< = £10 5722 77.5 4400 51.3 26.4 18.1 7.9 10.6 17.5 46.4
£11-20 2864 83.9 2392 61.8 31.3 24.1 8.5 12.3 22.7 56.8
£21-30 1359 87.3 1180 61.4 30.7 33.3 9.2 12.3 26.0 61.3
>£30 1927 90.7 1741 63.9 35.7 40.4 9.5 14.2 31.6 68.2
P   <0.001   <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 0.160 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
Hobby/Sport           
No 3316 81.1 3314 58.5 34.4 26.0 8.0 13.5 25.1 59.8
Yes 6287 82.9 6277 56.8 27.1 25.2 8.7 10.9 20.9 51.8
P   0.014   0.118 <0.001 0.389 0.235 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
Parents provide           
No    4805 59.4 40.1 32.7 8.3 17.7 26.1 63.3
Yes    4734 56.3 19.8 18.2 8.7 6.0 19.0 47.1
P     0.002 <0.001 <0.001 0.436 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
Drinking Pressures           
Peer pressure No    7189 54.6 27.1 24.9 7.6 10.4 22.0 53.1
Peer pressure Yes    2358 66.6 38.0 27.5 11.3 15.7 23.5 59.9
P     <0.001 <0.001 0.011 <0.001 <0.001 0.136 <0.001
Boredom No    7167 55.5 21.7 23.1 7.1 7.6 17.7 48.1
Boredom Yes    2352 64.4 54.6 32.9 13.0 24.06 36.9 75.2
P     <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
Alcohol related harm           
Violence No    6940 54.4 21.8 19.3 7.5 7.9 14.6 45.9
Violence Yes    2375 66.9 53.1 44.0 11.2 23.2 45.8 80.9
P     <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
Regretted sex No    8229 56.0 27.3 23.0 8.0 10.5 19.6 51.3
Regretted sex Yes    988 69.0 48.9 46.4 12.6 21.5 45.1 81.2
P     <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
Forget things No    5445 50.9 22.9 21.6 6.5 8.5 18.1 44.9
Forget things Yes    3995 67.4 39.6 30.9 11.3 16.2 28.5 69.0
P     <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001 <0.001
  1. § drinking frequently = >1 session/week; drinking heavily = drink ≥5 drinks/session ≥1 per month; ^IMD = Index of multiple deprivation.