Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
PEDROSA, Adriano Antonio da Silva; CAMACHO, Luiz Antonio Bastos; PASSOS, Sônia Regina Lambert and OLIVEIRA, Raquel de Vasconcellos Carvalhaes de. Alcohol consumption by university students. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2011, vol.27, n.8, pp. 1611-1621. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2011000800016.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages is widely encouraged by the mass media, despite the related health risks. Today's students in the health fields are the professionals of tomorrow who will be providing advice and serving as role models for patients. The aim of this study was to analyze alcohol consumption and related factors among these students. A total of 608 male and female university students from Maceió, the capital of Alagoas State, Brazil, completed a self-administered questionnaire. Data analysis included Poisson regression and multinomial logistic models. Prevalence of lifetime use of alcohol was 90.4%. Prevalence of alcohol abuse was 18.3% in men and 6.1% in women. Heavier alcohol consumption and alcohol abuse were observed in males, older students, non-natives of Maceió, smokers, and those exposed to alcohol advertising. The results emphasized the vulnerability of these young people to risky health behaviors. Their future social role highlights distinct needs in their university education to enable them to act professionally in this area.
Keywords : Alcohol Drinking; Students; Behavior.