The relationship between birth order and acute alcohol intoxication among Dutch adolescents

Loes de Veld* (Corresponding Author), Inge M. Wolberink, Joris J. van Hoof, Nicolaas van der Lely

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Abstract

Background: Prior research demonstrated the relationship between birth order and adolescent risky behavior. The possible connection between the presence of siblings and birth order and underage alcohol abuse is unknown. Methods: Our study involves 10 years of data collection on underage alcohol intoxication in Dutch hospitals. A total of 2,234 patients were included in the current study. Results: Adolescents treated for alcohol intoxication less often have no siblings (6.7%) than the population has (14.8%). Furthermore, middle and youngest children are overrepresented in the patient population. Conclusion: The presence of older siblings is a risk factor for acute alcohol intoxication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-340
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Volume27
Issue number5-6
Early online date2 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • alcohol intoxication
  • birth order
  • siblings
  • adolescents

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