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ISRN Family Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 728730, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2013/728730
Research Article

Underage Binge Drinking Adolescents: Sociodemographic Profile and Utilization of Family Doctors

1Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, 246 Bloor Street Westt, Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 1A1
2Peterborough Area Program, Kinark Child and Family Services, Suite 200, 500 Hood Road, Markham, ON, Canada L3R 9Z3

Received 29 November 2012; Accepted 18 December 2012

Academic Editors: J. Basu and A. O Brien

Copyright © 2013 Esme Fuller-Thomson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Context. Binge drinking (more than five drinks on one occasion) is a major public health problem among teenagers in the US, Canada, and Europe. Negative outcomes to binge drinking include alcohol related injuries and accidental death. Family physicians are the main point of contact between binging adolescents and the health care system. Design and Setting. This study was based on a secondary analysis of 6,607 respondents aged 15–17 from the regionally representative data acquired through the Canadian Community Health Survey 1.1. Results. According to our findings, one in every eight teens aged 15–17 binge drank monthly. The odds of binge drinking were higher among males, Whites, those living away from parents, teens who reported a decline in health status, and those experiencing back problems and depression. Smoking status was strongly associated with the binge drinking behavior. Three-quarters of binge drinking adolescents had seen their family doctor in the past year but only one in ten had spoken with any health professional about a mental health issue. Conclusions. Family physicians need to screen their adolescent patients for binge drinking in order to provide timely and effective interventions. Awareness of the profile of binge drinkers could improve the accuracy of targeting and outreaching strategies.