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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, Volume 15, Issue 6 (June 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) In this original, community-based study, we examined factors associated with alcohol-related [...] Read more. In this original, community-based study, we examined factors associated with alcohol-related violence among youth living in the slums of Kampala. Studies of youth in slums are rare but very important. Urban populations are growing rapidly, and the majority of residents live in slums, particularly across sub-Saharan Africa. Moreover, in Uganda, half of the population is under age 15 and faces significant challenges. Despite high levels of alcohol use in the country, few studies have assessed alcohol use in community studies of youth. Our research findings show that parental alcohol use, childhood abuse, homelessness, youth frequent heavy drinking and drunkenness were significantly associated with alcohol-related violence. These findings suggest that strategies are needed to prevent and delay alcohol use and related harm among vulnerable youth in Kampala.