RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GENDER OF SCHOOL-GOING ADOLESCENTS AND ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION IN ILORIN, NIGERIA
David Obafemi Adebayo, Mohd Tajudin Ninggal, Alfred Akinbo Adegoke
Alcohol use among school-going adolescents has reached levels that give practitioners in the helping, teaching and health professions serious concerns. This study focused on the relationship between gender of school-going adolescents and alcohol consumption in Ilorin, Nigeria. Survey design was adopted. 300 respondents were randomly selected for the study, having purposively picked 10 secondary schools. One hypothesis was tested at 0.05 alpha level of significance. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. Results revealed that gender has no significant relationship on school-going adolescents’ consumption of alcohol. The study concluded that adolescents of school-going ages indulge in alcohol consumption equally irrespective of gender. It was recommended that promulgation of effective laws that could restrict sales and consumption of alcoholic drinks to youths of school-going ages would be an effective strategy for reducing school-going adolescents’ heavy alcohol co nsumption in Ilorin, Nigeria
Alcohol, Consumption, Gender, Binge drinking, School-going adolescents.