Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
TROIS, Clarissa C. et al. Prevalence of CAGE-positive secondary school students in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 1994. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1997, vol.13, n.3, pp.489-495. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1997000300024.
This study aims to describe the prevalence of CAGE-positive third-year high school students in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, in 1994. The sample consisted of 1,171 students: 598 (51%) from public and 573 (49%) from private schools. We found reference to previous alcoholic beverage consumption in 93% of the interviewees. The highest prevalence was among male students (p<0.02) and students from private schools (p<0.03). Half of the students reported weekly consumption, usually when going to parties (60%) and bars (17%). CAGE positiveness prevalence was 8.3% overall and 11% among males (p<0.02). When variables like gender, age, and socioeconomic status were controlled, there was no statistically significant difference between the kind of school and CAGE status.
Keywords : Epidemiology; Public Health; Students; Alcohol Drinking; Adolescence.