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Davoren, Martin P and Shiely, Frances and Byrne, Michael and Perry, Ivan J (2015) Hazardous alcohol consumption among university students in Ireland: a cross-sectional study. BMJ Open , 5 , (1) , e006045.

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OBJECTIVE: There is considerable evidence of a cultural shift towards heavier alcohol consumption among university students, especially women. The aim of this study is to investigate the prevalence and correlates of hazardous alcohol consumption (HAC) among university students with particular reference to gender and to compare different modes of data collection in this population.

SETTING: A large Irish university.

DESIGN: A cross-sectional study using a classroom distributed paper questionnaire.

PARTICIPANTS: A total of 2275 undergraduates completed the classroom survey, 84% of those in class and 51% of those registered for the relevant module.

RESULTS: In the classroom sample, 66.4% (95% CI 64.4 to 68.3) reported HAC (65.2% men and 67.3% women). In women, 57.4% met HAC thresholds for men. Similar patterns of adverse consequences were observed among men and women. Students with a hazardous consumption pattern were more likely to report smoking, illicit drug use and being sexually active.

Item Type:Article
Date:January 2015
Page Range:e006045
Publisher:BMJ Publishing
Volume:5
Number:1
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence of drugs and alcohol use > Drugs and alcohol use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
T Demographic characteristics > Woman (women / female)
T Demographic characteristics > Gender differences
T Demographic characteristics > Undergraduate or graduate student
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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