Health Risk Behaviors in adolescents: an association between Time of Television and alcohol use


The objective of this study was to describe health risk behaviors in adolescents and to verify the possible associations between them. It was a cross-sectional study conducted in the city of Teresina/PI, with 540 adolescents aged 14 to 19 years. The instrument used for data collection was an adaptation of the "COMPAC" project questionnaire. About 35% of teens reported watching television for four hours, only 22% reported using their computer for one to two hours, while 60% reported using their cell phone for more than four hours during the week. The percentage of adolescents considered physically inactive was greater than 35%. More than 15% of adolescents consumed alcoholic beverages one to two times, and 11% consumed up to two doses per week. The amount of daily doses of alcoholic beverages was significantly associated with TV watching time per week (OR = 2.45, p = 0.040) and at the weekend (OR = 2.05, p = 0.032). It was found a high prevalence of physically inactive adolescents and time spent in sedentary behaviors. In addition, sedentary behavior was associated with alcohol consumption. Thus, it is important to rethink the use of television and alcohol use in adolescents' daily lives.

Author Biography

Aline de Freitas Brito, Universidade de Pernambuco

PhD in Pharmacology from the Federal University of Paraíba (2014) and Professor at the University of Pernambuco, Universal Scholarship CNPq, Permanent Professor of Graduate Programs (master's and doctorate), Physical Education UPE / UFPB. It has as research lines: Physical exercise in health and illness; Cineanthropometry and Human Performance; Pharmacology; Metabolic dysfunctions, Exercise and Nutrition. It investigates the physiological responses in response to interval training of high intensity in the dimensions, metabolic, biochemical, molecular, functional and morphological in special publics such as cardiac, diabetic, obese and elderly. The research also addresses the potential of exercise prescription variables and the potential of natural products as an ergogenic resource to improve the physiological variables investigated.

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