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Public Health. 2009 Feb;123(2):122-9. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2008.12.009. Epub 2009 Jan 30.

Alcohol consumption and attitudes towards banning alcohol sales on campus among European university students.

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University of Southern Denmark, Denmark. cstock@health.sdu.dk

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The European Commission's new health strategy for improving health at the European Union (EU) level includes tackling alcohol consumption. This study aimed to assess the prevalence of alcohol consumption and problem drinking, as well as students' attitudes towards banning the sale of alcohol on campus.

STUDY DESIGN:

In total, 5826 students from universities in seven European countries (Denmark, Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria and Turkey) took part in this cross-sectional study.

METHODS:

A self-administered questionnaire assessed sociodemographic information, frequency of alcohol consumption, problem drinking and attitudes towards banning the sale of alcohol on campus.

RESULTS:

The highest prevalence of drinking alcohol more than once per week was reported in Bulgarian (males 46%, females 64%) and Spanish students (males 59%, females 64%). Among those students who drank alcohol (n=3170), problem drinking (CAGE score >1) was found in 24% of males and 13% of females. Male gender, depressive moods and a low importance of good grades at university were risk factors for drinking alcohol more than once per week as well as for problem drinking. There were substantial country differences in the proportion of students who would support a ban of alcohol sales on campus (23% in Denmark, 88% in Poland). Support for a ban was higher among female students and among students who drank alcohol once or less per week.

CONCLUSIONS:

Problem drinking is a concern among students in many European countries, especially among males. Students' support for banning the sale of alcohol on campus varies between countries and should be considered in developing EU policy.

PMID:
19185890
DOI:
10.1016/j.puhe.2008.12.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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