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Keywords

adults, binge drinking, risk factors, South Korea

 

Authors

  1. Lee, So Young PhD, MPH, RN
  2. Chung, Jeehae PhD, RN

Abstract

Abstract: Alcohol consumption has significantly increased in South Korea, with binge drinking looming as a serious issue. This study aimed to identify differences in drinking characteristics and the risk factors of binge drinking across three age groups: young adults, middle-aged adults, and seniors. This study was a descriptive, secondary analysis study based on the data from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2014. In this study, we analyzed data from 5,604 respondents aged 20 years and older using Rao-Scott chi-square and analysis of variance. To analyze the risk factors of binge drinking by gender and age groups, multiple logistic regression analysis was applied. Results indicated that the three age groups were significantly different in terms of sociodemographic characteristics, health-related behaviors, and drinking characteristics. Rates of binge drinking were much higher in young adults in both men and women. The factors influencing binge drinking varied by age group and gender; however, in both men and women, participants who drank alcohol once a month or more showed a significantly higher risk of binge drinking than those who did not across all age groups. Younger initial drinking age and daily smoking were key risk factors of binge drinking among young and middle-aged adults in both men and women. Given the findings from this study, interventions considering the differences in drinking characteristics and risk factors of binge drinking across the age groups as well as focusing on the risk of binge drinking among young adults must be developed in communities and clinical settings.