Policy relevance of a survey on smoking and drinking behaviour among Dutch school children

Health Policy. 1991 Aug;18(3):261-8. doi: 10.1016/0168-8510(91)90027-u.


Data from the first measurement of a cohort study among secondary schoolchildren allowed us to investigate policy correlates to smoking and drinking behaviour to some extent. Regular smoking is related to anti-smoking campaigns among boys and regular drinking is related to alcohol education at primary school. Regular drinking is also related to economic availability (free availability of alcohol and pocket money). The findings on economic availability and health education are directly policy relevant.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Advertising / statistics & numerical data
  • Alcohol Drinking / economics
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Choice Behavior
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Health Surveys*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • Peer Group
  • Public Policy
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires