ERIC Number: ED349521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Maltese Survey of Adolescent Drug Use, 1991.
Adams, Ronald D.; Gleaton, Thomas J.
A national survey to obtain adolescent drug use patterns in Malta was conducted on November 29, 1991. A total of 20,815 students were surveyed in Malta and Gozo. Ages ranged from 11 to 17 years. Tabular reports were prepared for each participating school, regionally, and for the total or national sample. The overwhelming majority of students surveyed reported using alcoholic beverages, particularly birra/shandy and inbid. While one-fourth to one-third of the younger students (ages 11-13) reported drinking liquor, over half of the older students reported drinking this more concentrated form of alcohol. Male students were slightly more likely to drink alcoholic beverages than female students. Marijuana or haxixa was the most used illicit drug, and its use was reported mostly by older male students. A higher percentage of younger students reported using cigarettes and alcohol at an early than did the older students, but this finding may be explained by student dropout or other reasons. There seemed to be a progressive pattern of students reporting becoming intoxicated. Students reported cigarettes and alcoholic beverages were easily obtained. In summary findings from the Maltese survey suggest that use patterns and availability of alcohol poses a health problem among Maltese students and that education regarding harmful effects of alcohol by children and young adolescents needs to be made available to concerned adults as well as to students. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pride, Inc., Atlanta, GA.