QUANTITY AND PREVALENCE WITH GENDER COMPARISON FOR ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS
Introduction: Alcoholism is the recent trend among college students. Various studies conducted in India as well as in the West show clear indications of increasing prevalence of alcohol consumption among youngsters. Studies conducted abroad also revealed that the gap between males and females consuming alcohol is narrowing
Objective: Our study was aimed at measuring the prevalence of alcohol consumption among college students and analyzing its variation with respect to gender.
Materials and Methods: A survey was carried out in the colleges under NITTE University. Students present at the day and time of visit were covered. A questionnaire was prepared comprising of a set of 14 questions covering the main objective of the survey. The students were asked to fill the questionnaire irrespective of their gender or whether they consume alcohol or not.
Results: We have conducted our survey in 1150 college students.713 females and 337 males participated in the survey. Out of 1150 students, 304(26.4%) consumes alcohol.167 (54.9%) were males and 137 (45.1%) were females. Most of them were social drinkers . Majority of them consumed 2-3 drinks in one sitting. Tendency of binge drinking is high.
Conclusions: The prevalence of alcohol consumption comes up to a quarter of the total population surveyed most of them being social drinkers with males outnumbering females but with a visible reduction in the observed gap.. A survey was conducted among students of 3 colleges to acquire the necessary data which were analyzed to form the conclusions.
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