Healthcare Informatics Research (Apr 2017)

Using Online Respondent Driven Sampling for Vietnamese Youths' Alcohol Use and Associated Risk Factors

  • Melvyn W. B. Zhang,
  • Bach Xuan Tran,
  • Huong Lan Thi Nguyen,
  • Huong Thi Le,
  • Nguyen Hoang Long,
  • Huong Thi Le,
  • Nguyen Duc Hinh,
  • Tran Dinh Tho,
  • Bao Nguyen Le,
  • Vu Thi Minh Thuc,
  • Chau Ngo,
  • Nguyen Huu Tu,
  • Carl A. Latkin,
  • Roger CM Ho

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 23, no. 2
pp. 109 – 118


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ObjectivesThe average alcohol consumption per capita among Vietnamese adults has consistently increased. Although alcohol-related disorders have been extensively studied, there is a paucity of research shedding light on this issue among Internet users. The study aimed to examine the severity of alcohol-related disorders and other associated factors that might predispose individuals towards alcohol usage in a sample of youths recruited online.MethodsAn online cross-sectional study was conducted with 1,080 Vietnamese youths. A standardized questionnaire was used. Respondent-driven sampling was applied to recruit participants. Multivariate logistic and Tobit regressions were utilized to identify the associated factors.ResultsAbout 59.5% of the males and 12.7% of the total youths declared that they were actively using alcohol. From the total sample, a cumulative total of 32.3% of the participants were drinking alcohol, with 21.8% and 25.0% of the participants being classified as drinking hazardously and binge drinkers, respectively. The majority of the participants (60.7%) were in the pre-contemplative stage.ConclusionsA high prevalence of hazardous drinking was recognized among online Vietnamese youths. In addition, we found relationships between alcohol use disorder and other addictive disorders, such as tobacco smoking and water-pipe usage. Our results highlighted that the majority of the individuals are not receptive to the idea of changing their alcohol habits, and this would imply that there ought to be more government effort towards the implementation of effective alcohol control policies.