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J Am Coll Health. 1997 Sep;46(2):55-66.

Results from the 1995 National College Health Risk Behavior Survey.

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Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA.


Results from the 1995 National College Health Risk Behavior Survey, which monitored health risk behaviors among US college and university undergraduates, suggest that many students' behaviors increase their likelihood of adverse health outcomes. During the 30 days preceding the survey, 34% of the participants had consumed five or more alcoholic drinks on at least one occasion, and 27% had drunk alcohol and driven a car. Thirty-one percent had smoked cigarettes regularly during their lifetimes, 49% had ever used marijuana, 30% had used a condom during their last sexual intercourse, 21% were overweight, and 38% had participated in vigorous physical activity on 3 or more of the 7 days preceding the survey. These data were analyzed by gender, age group, race and ethnicity, and institution type. They can be used by those responsible for the health and education of college students to reduce risks associated with the leading causes of mortality and morbidity.

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