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The Journal of Community Health Management


Substance Abuse among Male Youth Students: A Cross-Sectional Study in Chiraigaon Block of District Varanasi


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Author Details: Sandeep Kumar, Sangeeta Kansal, Alok Kumar

Volume : 3

Issue : 1

Online ISSN : 2394-2738

Print ISSN : 2394-272X

Article First Page : 28

Article End Page : 32


Abstract

India lies on the cusp of a demographic transition. It is essential to all-round development of the youths of India. Recent times have witnessed an increase in substance use among younger population. In India forty percent of men use tobacco in some form and One-fifth of young men aged 15-24 consume alcohol. It is estimated that 7.6 million people worldwide died of substance abuse related causes. To find out the association of socio-demographic variables on the problem of substance abuse among male youth students a cross-sectional school based study was conducted from March 2013 to July 2015. By multistage random sampling 570 male youth students aged 15 to 24 years belonged to class 9th to graduates of all the schools and colleges of Chiraigaon Community Development Block was selected. Out of them 27 and 3 students were excluded from study due to unreliability of information and denial of consent. Finally 540 students were interviewed and thus obtained data was entered and analyzed by SPSS. Substance users were more in 20-24 yrs of age group belonging to general caste and having higher level of education. In upper class substance users was less as compared to non-users. Likelihood of Substance use was high among those whose fathers were skilled worker (35.7%) or doing some business (18.8%) and having extremes of education.

Key words
: Youth, students, Substance abuse