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Table 5 Odds ratios and 95% CIs for effect of NEET status on Heavy Drinkinga,b

From: Cancer-related health behaviours of young people not in education, employment or training (‘NEET’): a cross-sectional study

Variable All NEETs Included Economically Inactive NEETs Excluded
OR (95% CI) OR (95% CI)
UNIVARIATEc
NEET
 No 1.00* 1.00
 Yes 0.73 (0.59–0.90) 0.90 (0.69–1.19)
FULLY ADJUSTEDc
NEET
 No 1.00* 1.00
 Yes 0.71 (0.56–0.91) 0.91 (0.68–1.22)
Sex
 Male 0.71 (0.60–0.85) 0.69 (0.58–0.82)
 Female 1.00** 1.00**
Ethnicity
 White UK & Irish 1.00** 1.00**
 Other (incl. gypsy/traveller) 0.43 (0.33–0.56) 0.41 (0.31–0.54)
Access to car/van
 Yes 1.00* 1.00*
 No 1.24 (1.03–1.49) 1.29 (1.06–1.56)
Marital status
 Married/cohabiting 0.65 (0.53–0.80) 0.67 (0.54–0.83)
 Other (incl. single/separated/divorced) 1.00** 1.00**
Receipt of means-tested benefits
 No 1.00* 1.00*
 Yes 0.80 (0.67–0.95) 0.80 (0.67–0.96)
NSSEC
 Managerial & professional 1.00* 1.00*
 Intermediate 1.06 (0.78–1.45) 1.07 (0.78–1.46)
 Routine & manual 1.40 (1.08–1.83) 1.40 (1.07–1.84)
 Other or never worked/long-term unemployed 1.13 (0.80–1.61) 1.18 (0.82–1.70)
  1. *p < 0.05
  2. **p < 0.001
  3. aThe outcome is whether the respondent was defined as being a heavy drinker (yes/no). Heavy drinking refers to consuming >14 units of alcohol per week for females and >21 units for males
  4. bAs the legal minimum age for buying alcohol in Scotland and England is 18 years of age, 16 and 17 year-olds have been excluded from analysis
  5. cUnivariate refers to the model containing NEET status only and fully adjusted is the model containing all significant socio-demographic and health-related characteristics
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