Alcohol use among amateur sportsmen in Ireland.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/116309
Title:
Alcohol use among amateur sportsmen in Ireland.
Authors:
O'Farrell, Anne M; Allwright, Shane P A; Kenny, Susan C; Roddy, Gerry; Eldin, Nazih
Citation:
Alcohol use among amateur sportsmen in Ireland. 2010, 3 (1):313notBMC Res Notes
Journal:
BMC research notes
Issue Date:
18-Nov-2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/116309
DOI:
10.1186/1756-0500-3-313
PubMed ID:
21087506
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to establish baseline data on alcohol consumption patterns, behaviours and harms among amateur sportsmen in the Republic of Ireland. FINDINGS: The study presents findings from the baseline survey for a cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a community intervention programme to reduce problem alcohol use among a representative sample of Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) clubs in two counties in the Republic of Ireland. Self reported alcohol use, prevalence of binge drinking, AUDIT scores and alcohol-related harms were assessed in amateur GAA sportsmen aged 16 years and over. Nine hundred and sixty (960) players completed questionnaires (72% response rate). Mean age was 24.0 years (S.D. 5.2). Of those aged 18 years or over, 75% had post-primary education; most (864, 90%) were current drinkers and 8.2% were regular smokers. The self-reported average yearly alcohol consumption was 12.5 litres. Almost one third (31%) of current drinkers reported drinking over the recommended limit of 21 standard drinks per week and just over half (54.3 %) reported drinking 6 or more standard drinks in a row at least once a week (regular binge drinking). Of those who (self) completed the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT) questionnaire, three-quarters (74.7%) had a score of 8 or more; 11.5% had a score of 20 or above warranting referral for diagnostic evaluation and treatment. Almost all (87.6%) of the 864 drinkers reported experiencing at least one harm due to their drinking. These alcohol misuse outcomes were higher than those found in a nationally representative sample of males of a similar age. There were strong associations between regular binge drinking and reporting harms such as being in a fight (adjusted odds ratio (OR) 2.02, p<0.001), missing time from work or college (adjusted OR 1.39, p=0.04) or being in an accident (adjusted OR 1.78, p=0.04). CONCLUSIONS: These male amateur sportsmen reported high rates of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
SPORTS; ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
ISSN:
1756-0500

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorO'Farrell, Anne Men
dc.contributor.authorAllwright, Shane P Aen
dc.contributor.authorKenny, Susan Cen
dc.contributor.authorRoddy, Gerryen
dc.contributor.authorEldin, Nazihen
dc.date.accessioned2010-11-25T10:41:12Z-
dc.date.available2010-11-25T10:41:12Z-
dc.date.issued2010-11-18-
dc.identifier.citationAlcohol use among amateur sportsmen in Ireland. 2010, 3 (1):313notBMC Res Notesen
dc.identifier.issn1756-0500-
dc.identifier.pmid21087506-
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1756-0500-3-313-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/116309-
dc.description.abstractABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to establish baseline data on alcohol consumption patterns, behaviours and harms among amateur sportsmen in the Republic of Ireland. FINDINGS: The study presents findings from the baseline survey for a cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a community intervention programme to reduce problem alcohol use among a representative sample of Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) clubs in two counties in the Republic of Ireland. Self reported alcohol use, prevalence of binge drinking, AUDIT scores and alcohol-related harms were assessed in amateur GAA sportsmen aged 16 years and over. Nine hundred and sixty (960) players completed questionnaires (72% response rate). Mean age was 24.0 years (S.D. 5.2). Of those aged 18 years or over, 75% had post-primary education; most (864, 90%) were current drinkers and 8.2% were regular smokers. The self-reported average yearly alcohol consumption was 12.5 litres. Almost one third (31%) of current drinkers reported drinking over the recommended limit of 21 standard drinks per week and just over half (54.3 %) reported drinking 6 or more standard drinks in a row at least once a week (regular binge drinking). Of those who (self) completed the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT) questionnaire, three-quarters (74.7%) had a score of 8 or more; 11.5% had a score of 20 or above warranting referral for diagnostic evaluation and treatment. Almost all (87.6%) of the 864 drinkers reported experiencing at least one harm due to their drinking. These alcohol misuse outcomes were higher than those found in a nationally representative sample of males of a similar age. There were strong associations between regular binge drinking and reporting harms such as being in a fight (adjusted odds ratio (OR) 2.02, p<0.001), missing time from work or college (adjusted OR 1.39, p=0.04) or being in an accident (adjusted OR 1.78, p=0.04). CONCLUSIONS: These male amateur sportsmen reported high rates of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm.-
dc.languageENG-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectSPORTSen
dc.subjectALCOHOL CONSUMPTIONen
dc.titleAlcohol use among amateur sportsmen in Ireland.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalBMC research notesen

Related articles on PubMed

All Items in Lenus, The Irish Health Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.