Prevalence of dangerous alcohol consumption in nursing students

Alberto Firenze, Sandro Provenzano, Omar E. Santangelo, Giuseppe D'Anna, Antonio Terranova, Alberto Firenze

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BACKGROUND: The use of alcohol is a phenomenon widely spread among young people and takes on different psychological,sociological and cultural connotations. The aim of the study is to stimulate the prevalence of dangerous alcoholconsumption and examine the associated factors in a cohort of nursing students from the University of Palermo.METHODS: The study employed a cross-sectional study design. On March 2020, a survey was provided to all nursingstudents of University of Palermo of the three years of course who attend daily lessons. The questionnaire was structuredinto two parts. The first section investigates on socio-demographic information. In the second part of the survey, theAlcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption (A.U.D.I.T.-C) Test was administered. A multivariable logisticregression model was used and adjusted Odds Ratios (aOR) are presented.RESULTS : The sample consisted of 525 students (70.3% female). The probability to have a risky consumption of alcoholis significantly associated with the following independent variables: “second” (aOR 3.66) and “third” (aOR 4.28) yearof study; “to be a smoker” (aOR 2.11) and “to be a former smoker” (aOR 4.23); “Age Class <22 years old” (aOR 2.77).CONCLUSIONS: Our study highlights how there is an increasing consumption of alcohol among students during theyears of the degree course in nursing sciences. It also highlights how there is a strong association between cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption in this category.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-130
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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