|Titre :||Health literacy and substance use in young Swiss men (2013)|
|Auteurs :||P. DERMOTA ; J. WANG ; M. DEY ; G. GMEL ; J. STUDER ; M. MOHLER-KUO|
|Type de document :||Article : Périodique|
|Dans :||International Journal of Public Health (Vol.58, n°6, December 2013)|
|Article en page(s) :||939-948|
|Discipline :||EPI (Epidémiologie / Epidemiology)|
Thésaurus TOXIBASEADULTE JEUNE ; SEXE MASCULIN ; NIVEAU DE CONNAISSANCE ; SANTE ; ALCOOL ; TABAC ; CANNABIS ; CONDUITE A RISQUE ; INFORMATION ; COHORTE ; PROFIL SOCIO-DEMOGRAPHIQUE
Objectives: The purpose of the present study was to describe health literacy and its association with substance use among young men.
Methods: The present study was part of the Cohort Study on Substance Use Risk Factors that included 11,930 Swiss males participating in initial screening from August 2010 to July 2011. Self-completed questionnaires covered use of three substances and three components of health literacy.
Results: Roughly 22 % reported having searched the Internet for health information and 16 % for information on substances over the past 12 months. At-risk and not at-risk users of alcohol (adjusted odds ratio (AOR) = 2.50 and 1.46), tobacco (AOR = 2.51 and 1.79) and cannabis (AOR = 4.86 and 3.53) searched for information about substances significantly more often via the Internet than abstainers. Furthermore, at-risk users reported better knowledge of risks associated with substance use and a marginally better ability to understand health information than abstainers.
Conclusions: Substance users appear to be more informed and knowledgeable about the risks of substance use than non-users. Consequently, interventions that focus only on information provision may be of limited benefit for preventing substance use.
|Domaine :||Alcool / Alcohol ; Drogues illicites / Illicit drugs ; Tabac / Tobacco|
|Affiliation :||Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland|