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Alcohol abuse among students of vocational high schools
Zora Zuckerman Itković
; University of Zadar, Department of pedagogy
In this study we examine the basic characteristics of the problem of alcohol abuse among adolescents attending vocational high school. The study was conducted from February to April 2008, among students of the Vocational High School in the city of Vitez (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in which, according to the newest statistics (June, 2009), more than 60% of the population isCroatian. The random sample consisted of 200 students of both genders and of various age groups, school grades and family situations. The aim of the study was to obtain as complete a picture of alcohol consumption among students of vocational high school as possible, which would include answers to a range of questions, from the amount of alcohol students occasionally or regularly drank, the frequency of drunkenness, to the differences between males and females,the type of alcohol most often consumed, the relationship between drinking and school grades, family situation, leisure time activities and others. A standardized questionnaire made for the purpose of this study was used. The results confirmed the main hypothesis that was made, that students of vocational high school consume a considerable amount of alcohol and get drunk relatively often. Also, a large amount of data was obtained which clearly indicates an alarminglylow success rate for preventive measures to stop the abuse of alcohol among youngsters because the subjects had not formed an opinion against drinking alcoholic beverages.The results obtained paint an extremely worrying picture of alcohol consumption among male and female students in our neighboring country. It could be said that alcohol abuse has spread among almost all students of this age group. It is obvious that drinking alcohol, and even occasional inebriation, is tolerated and viewed as socially acceptable behavior for youngsters, because it is sanctioned exclusively when youngsters under the influence of alcohol perpetrate other socially punishable acts. The data obtained were compared to some results from the ESPAD study conducted in the European Union and Croatia in 2007 which showed that Croatian youngsters were above the European average in alcohol consumption (from a high seventh place in 2003 during the last five years they "climbed" to the infamous group of top three places). The study conducted in our neighboring country mainly among Croatians but also among students of other nationalities (Bosnians, Serbs) shows that the situation among students of the Croatian minority is as dramatic as it is in Croatia. It is hard to resist the impression that the hardships of transition in the region has fallen upon youngsters in its worst form.
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