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Title:Drinking and its effects on risk behaviour amongst secondary school going youth in Windhoek
Authors:Kauari, Lydia N.
Kaundjua, Maria B.
Mufune, PempelaniISNI
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:alcoholic beverages
urban youth
secondary education
social problems
Abstract:Alcohol consumption is said to constitute an emerging social problem among adolescents and youth in Namibia, with one study estimating that 53.5% of youths aged 13-30 use alcohol (Barth and Hubbard, 2009). This is also said to relate to many social problems including HIV risk taking, fighting, trouble with the police and violence among school going youth. This study was conducted to provide empirical evidence on alcohol use and abuse in relation to risky behaviour amongst school going youths in Windhoek. A survey, using a self-administered questionnaire assessing alcohol consumption and risk taking behaviour, was conducted at several schools in Windhoek. One of the main findings is that gender is a significant predictor of engagement in risk behaviour, such as sexual intercourse without a condom, fighting, trouble with the police and violence among those that engage in drinking. The authors conclude that there is the need to discourage alcohol use among school going youth as a way of fighting HIV/AIDS and other risk taking behaviour. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]