NZ Herald 4 September 2013
Young adult drinkers dependent on the bottle are nearly 10 times more likely to have had 10 or more sexual partners within several years than people who don’t misuse alcohol, a new study shows.
And they are nine times more likely to have committed violent offences.
The study’s authors, including Dr Joseph Boden, estimate in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence that the elimination of all alcohol misuse could reduce the young adult crime rate by up to 47 per cent.
The research, from Otago University at Christchurch, is based on interviews with around 1000 members of a long-term study who were born in the city in 1977.
The alcohol study draws on answers from when they were aged 21, 25 and 30.
One in 20 youth alcohol addicted
Stuff.co 4 September 2013
In a country where teens are often in the firing line in the war against binge drinking, it appears the battle with the bottle does not stop at age 20.
New research shows up to a quarter of New Zealanders aged 21 to 30 have a problem with alcohol affecting their daily lives, making them more susceptible to commit crime, inflict or be victims of violence, and contemplate suicide.
The Christchurch Health and Development Study, a a 35-year study of a birth cohort of 1265 children born in the Christchurch region in mid-1977, is examining alcohol abuse in people in their 20s.
Over the last 35 years, the participants have been interviewed at regular intervals.
The new research is being welcomed by police, who say those in the age bracket are their ”biggest offenders”.