NZ Herald 31 March 2012
About a third of Pacific Island high school students binge-drink and many say they started after joining a sports team or club. A study published in the NZ Medical Journal yesterday looking at binge drinking and alcohol-related behaviours among Pacific youth surveyed 974 Pacific students aged 13 to 17 from around the country. A total of 31.6 per cent of students were identified as binge drinkers, having answered questions about their drinking habits. The study found that those teens who participated in sports teams or were connected to a sports club were more at risk of binge-drinking. And it has since surfaced that a number of parents in South Auckland are refusing to sign their children up to local sports clubs as they don’t want them caught up in a drinking culture.
In the study, 47 per cent of students said they consumed alcohol “to get drunk” and 45 per cent said they drank “to relax”. About 36 per cent said they drank because of boredom while 23 per cent said they did so “because my friends do”.
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