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Table 1 General sample characteristics and comparison between sexes of UK backpackers in Australia

From: Effects of backpacking holidays in Australia on alcohol, tobacco and drug use of UK residents

  All Male Female   
Survey area n % n % n % X 2 P
Cairns 259 25.7 156 23.4 103 30.3   
Sydney 749 74.3 511 76.6 237 69.7 5.62 <0.05
Age         
18 to 20 198 19.6 138 20.7 60 17.6   
21 to 24 457 45.3 283 42.4 174 51.2   
25 to 35 353 35.0 246 36.9 106 31.2 6.96 <0.05
Abroad with partner/spouse 205 20.7 122 18.6 83 24.9 5.44 <0.05
Australia first destination from UK 396 39.3 268 40.2 128 37.6 0.61 0.436
Australia final destination before UK 368 36.7 247 37.3 121 35.8 0.20 0.651
Australia only destination1 232 23.0 155 23.2 77 22.6 0.04 0.833
Stay to date (weeks)         
2 to 4 339 33.6 215 32.2 124 36.5   
>4 to 12 316 31.3 210 31.5 105 30.9   
>12 353 35.0 242 36.3 111 32.6 2.08 0.354
Stay remaining (weeks)         
2 to 4 278 28.3 155 23.9 123 36.9   
>4 to 12 273 27.8 182 28.1 91 27.3   
>12 431 43.9 311 48.0 119 35.7 20.74 <0.001
Total stay (weeks)         
2 to 12 302 30.8 178 27.5 124 37.2   
>12 to 40 359 36.6 239 36.9 120 36.0   
>40 321 32.7 231 35.6 89 26.7 12.23 <0.005
Visited hospital/doctor in Australia 202 20.3 122 18.5 80 23.8 3.86 <0.05
Nights clubbing per week         
None 26 2.7 15 2.4 11 3.5   
1 161 17.0 89 14.1 72 22.7   
2 to 4 635 67.1 435 69.2 199 62.8   
5 or more 125 13.2 90 14.3 35 11.0 12.97 <0.01
  1. 1Travelling from the UK to Australia and back without holiday periods in other countries on either route