Alcohol consumption by university students: Engagement in hazardous and delinquent behaviours and experiences of harm

McGee, Tara Renae, Germov, John, Schofield, Toni, Lindsay, Jo, Giles, Fiona, Hepworth, Julie and Leontini, Rose (2012). Alcohol consumption by university students: Engagement in hazardous and delinquent behaviours and experiences of harm. In: The Stockholm Criminology Symposium 2012: Program & Abstracts. The Stockholm Criminology Symposium 2012, Stockholm Sweden, (72-72). 11-13 June.

Author McGee, Tara Renae
Germov, John
Schofield, Toni
Lindsay, Jo
Giles, Fiona
Hepworth, Julie
Leontini, Rose
Title of paper Alcohol consumption by university students: Engagement in hazardous and delinquent behaviours and experiences of harm
Conference name The Stockholm Criminology Symposium 2012
Conference location Stockholm Sweden
Conference dates 11-13 June
Proceedings title The Stockholm Criminology Symposium 2012: Program & Abstracts
Place of Publication Stockholm, Sweden
Publisher The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Oral presentation
ISBN 9789186027902
Start page 72
End page 72
Total pages 1
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Consuming alcohol leads to a lowering of inhibitions and for some, an increase in aggressive and violent behaviour. As a result, those who have been drinking are more likely to engage in hazardous and ‘delinquent’ behaviours and cause harm to others. The extent to which university students engage in these behaviours while under the influence of alcohol is relatively under-investigated. Also unexplored is the extent to which these behaviours generate harm to other university students. As part of the Alcohol Use and Harm Minimisation Among Australian University Students project, university students in the Australian States of Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria were invited to participate in the Alcohol and University Life online survey; over 3000 students responded. Respondents were asked to indicate how frequently they engaged in hazardous and ‘delinquent’ behaviours while under the influence of alcohol (eg went to work, drove a motor vehicle, stole money, physically abused someone) and also the extent to which they have experienced harm as a result of others’ drinking (eg property damage, sleep interruption, sexual assault). Results show that university students experience a high prevalence of harm and disruptions due to others’ alcohol consumption and that males are engaging in more risky and delinquent behaviour than females. These findings suggest the need for harm minimisation strategies.
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Session: MON12 Criminology and criminal justice research from Australia Theme: Contemporary criminology

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