Alcohol consumption by undergraduate students

Christopher J. Basten, David J. Kavanagh*

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This study examines a prediction of alcohol consumption in a sample of 212 undergraduate students at a university in Sydney. Data were collected using self-administered questionnaires, given to students in Semesters one and two. During both semesters the college residents reported drinking significantly more alcohol than students living elsewhere, but during vacation the intake of the two groups was approximately equal. Higher alcohol consumption in Semester two was best predicted by higher Semester one intake, followed by more consumption by friends and higher parental occupation status. Female students residing on campus were those most likely to be drinking at hazardous levels. Results also indicated that a significant proportion of residential students were drinking at hazardous levels, and that prevention interventions may need to focus on changing the attitudes and behavior of the social group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1379-1399
Number of pages21
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol consumption
  • Australia
  • Demographics
  • Residential environment
  • Self- efficacy
  • University students


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