Relationships between alcohol consumption, smoking status and food habits in Greek adolescents: Vascular implications for the future.

Relationships between alcohol consumption, smoking status and food habits in Greek adolescents: Vascular implications for the future. Curr Vasc Pharmacol. 2016 Oct 24; Authors: Hassapidou MN, Fachantidou AI, Papadopoulou SK, Katsiki N, Fachantidis P, Daskalou E, Deligiannis AP Abstract We assessed the prevalence of alcohol consumption and smoking in Greek adolescents and evaluated their association with food habits. Adolescents (495 boys and 508 girls) aged 15 ± 1 years old and 15 ± 2 years old respectively, completed questionnaires regarding smoking, alcohol and food habits. Tobacco use and alcohol consumption were reported by 9.2% and 48.1% of them, respectively. Of those that drank alcohol, 13.9% were also smokers. Older adolescents were more likely to consume foods high in fat and sugar, low in vitamins and minerals as well as foods, considered by them to be less healthy and prepared in a less healthy way. Moreover, smoker adolescents were less likely to choose foods considered to be healthy and prepared in a healthy way, whereas they were more likely to choose foods high in fat content. Both smoking and alcohol consumption may affect cardiovascular risk and the vasculature. Poor lifestyle (and risk of vascular events) can start at an early age. PMID: 27781959 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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