Health literacy and substance use in young Swiss men
Rent the article at a discountRent now
* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.Get Access
The purpose of the present study was to describe health literacy and its association with substance use among young men.
The present study was part of the Cohort Study on Substance Use Risk Factors that included 11,930 Swiss males participating in initial screening from August 2010 to July 2011. Self-completed questionnaires covered use of three substances and three components of health literacy.
Roughly 22 % reported having searched the Internet for health information and 16 % for information on substances over the past 12 months. At-risk and not at-risk users of alcohol (adjusted odds ratio (AOR) = 2.50 and 1.46), tobacco (AOR = 2.51 and 1.79) and cannabis (AOR = 4.86 and 3.53) searched for information about substances significantly more often via the Internet than abstainers. Furthermore, at-risk users reported better knowledge of risks associated with substance use and a marginally better ability to understand health information than abstainers.
Substance users appear to be more informed and knowledgeable about the risks of substance use than non-users. Consequently, interventions that focus only on information provision may be of limited benefit for preventing substance use.
- Health literacy and substance use in young Swiss men
International Journal of Public Health
Volume 58, Issue 6 , pp 939-948
- Cover Date
- Print ISSN
- Online ISSN
- Springer Basel
- Additional Links
- Health literacy
- Substance use
- Young adults
- Industry Sectors
- Author Affiliations
- 1. Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Zurich, Hirschengraben 84, 8001, Zurich, Switzerland
- 2. Alcohol Treatment Centre, Lausanne University Hospital CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland