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International study of heavy drinking: Attitudes and sociodemographic factors in university students

Dantzer, C; Wardle, J; Fuller, R; Pampalone, SZ; Steptoe, A; (2006) International study of heavy drinking: Attitudes and sociodemographic factors in university students. J AM COLL HEALTH , 55 (2) 83 - 89.

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Abstract

The authors studied the prevalence of heavy drinking among students in 21 developed and developing countries using an anonymous survey of 7,846 male and 9,892 female students aged 17 to 30 years. There were wide variations in the prevalence of drinking among countries, and the highest rates of heavy drinking (defined as 5 or more drinks for men and 4 or more drinks for women on at least 1 occasion over the past 2 weeks) were reported in Belgium, Colombia, Ireland, and Poland (men), and Ireland and England (women). Heavy drinking was associated with living away from home, having a wealthier family background, and having well-educated parents. Beliefs about the dangers to health of excessive consumption were negatively related to heavy drinking. Heavy drinking is a concern among students in several countries and is associated with greater affluence. Challenging beliefs concerning health risks is a crucial aspect of prevention in this population.

Type: Article
Title: International study of heavy drinking: Attitudes and sociodemographic factors in university students
Keywords: alcohol, health beliefs, international, sociodemographic, students, ALCOHOL-CONSUMPTION, BINGE-DRINKING, SOCIOECONOMIC-STATUS, YOUNG-PEOPLE, COLLEGE-STUDENTS, HEALTH BEHAVIORS, EUROPEAN HEALTH, RISK AWARENESS, AVERAGE VOLUME, 23 COUNTRIES
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Behavioural Science and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Pop Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Epidemiology and Public Health
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/141021
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