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Risk: Alcohol Use

Both the 2011 GSHS and the 2011 STEPS surveys also indicate that young people engage in binge drinking...

Forty percent of respondents to the STEPS survey were current drinkers (defined as having consumed a drink within the 30 days prior to survey implementation), and drinking was found to begin at an early age. The 2011 GSHS showed that in Trinidad and Tobago among the 13-15 year olds, 36.4% of students had an alcoholic drink in the month preceding the survey, with 86.5% of these children admitting to having a first alcoholic drink before the age of 14 years.

Both the 2011 GSHS and the 2011 STEPS surveys also indicate that young people engage in binge drinking (defined as engaging in heavy episodic drinking – five and four drinks for men and women respectively, on any one day in the last 30 days). Further, nearly 60% of alcohol users in Trinidad and Tobago either rarely eat food while drinking or do not do so at all. This is noteworthy, because research shows that alcohol is absorbed at an accelerated rate on an empty stomach.