High prevalence, persistent hazardous drinking among new zealand tertiary students

Kypri, K., Langley, J. D., McGee, R., Saunders, J. B. and Williams, S. (2002) High prevalence, persistent hazardous drinking among new zealand tertiary students. Alcohol And Alcoholism, 37 5: 457-464. doi:10.1093/alcalc/37.5.457

Author Kypri, K.
Langley, J. D.
McGee, R.
Saunders, J. B.
Williams, S.
Title High prevalence, persistent hazardous drinking among new zealand tertiary students
Journal name Alcohol And Alcoholism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0735-0414
Publication date 2002-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/alcalc/37.5.457
Volume 37
Issue 5
Start page 457
End page 464
Total pages 8
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Oxford University press
Language eng
Subject C1
321021 Psychiatry
730211 Mental health
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Aims: To determine the prevalence of hazardous drinking and alcohol-related negative consequences in New Zealand tertiary students, and to identify predictors of hazardous drinking across a 6-month period. Methods: A total of 1480 tertiary students living in halls of residence was surveyed at the start of the academic year, and a subsample of 967 students was followed up 6 months later. Questionnaire items included quantity and frequency of drinking, alcohol-related problems, use of other substances, and the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). Drinking at follow-up was modelled using demographic characteristics, mental well-being, other substance use, alcohol-related problems, and hall drinking norms, measured at baseline. Results: Among drinkers, mean (+/- SD) weekly consumption was 243 +/- 241 and 135 +/- 157 g of ethanol for males and females respectively. The majority of male (60.0%) and female (58.2%) drinkers typically consumed more than national safe drinking guidelines. Mean (+/- SD) AUDIT scores were 10.9 +/- 7.6 for males and 7.6 +/- 5.9 for females. After controlling for AUDIT scores at baseline, increased AUDIT scores at follow-up were higher with lower age, Maori ethnicity, smoking, cannabis use, high levels of alcohol-related negative consequences, and higher levels of drinking in the student's hall of residence. Conclusions: Hazardous drinking is widespread and persistent among students living in the halls of residence. There is a need for university alcohol policies and intervention approaches among New Zealand tertiary students.
Keyword Substance Abuse
Alcohol-related Problems
Young Adulthood
Substance Use
Q-Index Code C1

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