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Alcohol consumption by undergraduate students

Basten, Christopher & Kavanagh, David J. (1996) Alcohol consumption by undergraduate students. Substance Use & Misuse, 31(10), pp. 1379-1399.

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Abstract

Assessed correlates of alcohol consumption (AC) in 212 undergraduates (81 "college" and 131 "noncollege" residents [COLRs and NCOLRs], mean ages 18.9 and 18.6 yrs, respectively) and studied the proportion who were drinking at potentially harmful levels (HLs). This study also examined changes in AC during the course of the 1st semester and predicted drinking levels in the 2nd semester from demographics, drug use, social variables and self-efficacy data. Data were collected using self-administered questionnaires. During both semesters, the COLRs reported drinking significantly more alcohol than NCOLRs, but during vacation the intake of the 2 groups was almost equal. Higher AC in the 2nd semester was best predicted by higher AC during the 1st semester, followed by more AC by friends and higher parental occupation status. Female COLRs were those most likely to be drinking at HLs. Results also showed that a significant proportion of COLRs were drinking at HLs.

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ID Code: 29206
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: self-efficacy, university students, alcohol consumption, demographics, Australia
DOI: 10.3109/10826089609063982
ISSN: 1082-6084
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Deposited On: 09 Dec 2009 15:13
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 23:11

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