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Table 4 Substance use amongst AES and MES pupils

From: Poly-substance use and sexual risk behaviours: a cross-sectional comparison of adolescents in mainstream and alternative education settings

  Female Male
AES MES AES vs. MES AES MES AES vs. MES
% (n/N) % (n/N) OR (95% CI) % (n/N) % (n/N) OR (95% CI)
Tobacco use
 Has never smoked tobacco 42.6 (29/68) 69.1 (1338/1939) 1.00 34.4 (52/151) 73.9 (1541/2085) 1.00
 Smokes tobacco less than once a week 2.9 (2/68) 14.1 (274/1939) 0.34 (0.08, 1.42) 4.0 (6/151) 11.6 (242/2085) 0.74 (0.31, 1.73)
 Smokes tobacco at least once a week 51.5 (35/68) 16.2 (314/1939) 5.14 (3.10, 8.54) 60.9 (92/151) 14 (282/2085) 9.67 (6.73, 13.90)
 Not known/missing 2.9 (2/68) 0.7 (13/1939) 7.10 (1.53, 32.90) 0.7 (1/151) 1.0 (20/2085) 1.48 (0.20, 11.25)
Alcohol use
 Has never drank alcohol to the point of drunkenness 29.4 (20/68) 29.9 (580/1939) 1.00 27.8 (42/151) 33.7 (702/2085) 1.00
 Drinks alcohol to the point of drunkenness less than once a week 27.9 (19/68) 49.1 (953/1939) 0.58 (0.31, 1.09) 29.1 (44/151) 47.2 (985/2085) 0.75 (0.48, 1.15)
 Drinks alcohol to the point of drunkenness at least once a week 39.7 (27/68) 20.0 (388/1939) 2.02 (1.12, 3.65) 41.7 (63/151) 18.1 (377/2085) 2.79 (1.85, 4.21)
 Not known/missing 2.9 (2/68) 0.9 (18/1939) 3.22 (0.70, 14.82) 1.3 (2/151) 1.0 (21/2085) 1.59 (0.36, 7.02)
Cannabis use
 Has never smoked cannabis 57.4 (39/68) 85.6 (1659/1939) 1.00 50.3 (76/151) 79.4 (1655/2085) 1.00
 Smokes cannabis less than once a week 23.5 (16/68) 11.7 (227/1939) 3.00 (1.65, 5.45) 16.6 (25/151) 13.2 (275/2085) 1.98 (1.24, 3.17)
 Smokes cannabis at least once a week 13.2 (9/68) 2.1 (41/1939) 9.34 (4.25, 20.54) 29.1 (44/151) 6.4 (134/2085) 7.15 (4.74, 10.78)
 Not known/missing 5.9 (4/68) 0.6 (12/1939) 14.18 (4.38, 45.93) 4.0 (6/151) 1.0 (21/2085) 6.22 (2.44, 15.86)
Poly-substance use
 Does not use all three substances at least once a week 64.7 (44/68) 87.6 (1698/1939) 1.00 58.3 (88/151) 85.3 (1779/2085) 1.00
 Uses all three substances at least once a week 32.4 (22/68) 12.0 (232/1939) 3.70 (2.17, 6.25) 41.1 (62/151) 14.0 (292/2085) 4.35 (3.03, 5.88)
 Not known/missing 2.90 (2/68) 0.40 (8/1939) 0.38 (0.07, 1.88) 0.70 (1/151) 0.70 (14/2085) 2.94 (0.38, 25.00)
  1. Results significant at p<0.05 are in bold