The second-hand harms of alcohol misuse in university dorm residents in Hong Kong
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AbstractObjectives: Although the harms of heavy drinking and alcohol addiction are well-studied globally, one understudied area of alcohol misuse is second-hand harms, harms caused by the drinking of others. Second-hand harms may contribute a significant part of the public health burden of alcohol harms that are inadequately addressed by public health measures. This study aims to examine the prevalence of second-hand alcohol harms among university students residing on campus who were previously identified as a high-risk group for alcohol misuse.

Significant findings: A cross-sectional study was conducted among hostel residents in two Hong Kong universities (n=1455) using self-administered, anonymous surveys. We examined the prevalence and the factors associated with second-hand alcohol harms in this population using multivariable regression analysis. Approximately 2/3 of the university hostel residents experienced at least one type of second-hand drinking harm in the past year while 1/5 experienced 4 or more harms. The harms reported were: 1) inconveniences/disturbances (46.2%), psychological distress/anxiety/depression (32.9%), home arguments (28.3%), conflicts/arguments/insults in public (25.3%), worsened productivity/academics (22.2%), property damage/monetary loss (13.2%), accidents/injury/assault (11.7%) and having to deal with authorities/law enforcement (11.5%). Only 9.1% reported these harms to authorities. The multivariable results indicate that having binge drank in the past month (OR=1.85), a pro-drinking attitude (OR=1.54), drinking friends (OR=1.66), and drinking romantic partners (OR=1.65) were significantly associated with higher likelihood of experiencing second-hand alcohol harms. 

Implications and impact: Although southern China is a low alcohol consumption region, there is a high prevalence of second-hand alcohol harms among university dorm residents. Universities in the region should rectify the near absence of alcohol-related harms reduction interventions in university health promotion. Harms from the drinking of others is a greatly underappreciated public health burden in Asia that requires interventions targeted at heavy drinkers.
All Author(s) ListRufina H.W. Chan, Ben Y.F. Fong, Samuel Y.S. Wong, Sky Siu, Jiazhou Yu, Roger Y. Chung, Jean H. Kim
Name of Conference5th Asian Pacific Problem Gambling and Addiction Conferenece
Start Date of Conference27/11/2020
End Date of Conference28/11/2020
Place of ConferenceHong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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