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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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LOPEZ VILLALBA, Francisco J; RODRIGUEZ GARCIA, Pedro L; CANTO, Eliseo García  and  PEREZ SOTO, Dr. Juan J. Relationship between sport and physical activity and alcohol consumption among adolescents students in Murcia (Spain). Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2016, vol.114, n.2, pp.101-106. ISSN 0325-0075.

Introduction. Sports and physical activity are major components of a healthy lifestyle. The objective of this study was to analyze the relationship between sport and physical activity and alcohol consumption among adolescent students based on gender. Population and methods. Descriptive, crosssectional, comparative study conducted in adolescent students (aged between 14 and 17 years old) from the Region of Murcia in 2014. Sport and physical activity was assessed using a validated, adapted survey that included both the International Physical Activity Questionnaire and the Monitoring the Future survey. Eleven school facilities from different districts of the Region of Murcia (Spain) participated. Results. Five hundred and sixty-four adolescent students were included. Among boys, 51.8% reported to be regularly active, versus 21.8% of girls. Significant differences were observed in terms of alcohol consumption by gender (31.1% for boys versus 48.2% for girls, p = 0.000). A significant, reverse relationship between sport and physical activity and alcohol consumption was observed among both boys and girls. Conclusions. The level of sport and physical activity is higher among adolescent boys than girls. Sport and physical activity shows a positive association with a lower level of alcohol consumption among both genders.

Keywords : Alcohol consumption; Physical exercise; Adolescents; Health.

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