University binge drinking patterns and changes in patterns of alcohol consumption among chinese undergraduates in a Hong Kong university

Jean H. Kim, Karli W.C. Chan, Julie K.W. Chow, K. P. Fung, Ben Y.F. Fong, Ka Kin Cheuk, Sian M. Griffiths

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Abstract

Objective: To examine patterns of binge drinking and changes in drinking patterns among Chinese university students. Participants and Methods: Responses to an anonymous questionnaire were compared between a random sample of 411 second year Chinese undergraduate students in 2006 and 2,630 first year students from the previous year. Students reporting any symptoms of alcohol abuse were classified as alcohol abusers whereas those reporting repeated inability to curtail use were categorized as alcohol dependent. Results: After 1 year of university, greatly increased rates of past-month drinking of different degrees were found in both genders. Binge drinking among second year undergraduates was significantly correlated with male gender, living in a student residence hall, smoking, drinking to relieve stress, and having friends who frequently drank. Conclusions: Alcohol misuse is a health hazard to Chinese students in a university environment. Proactive policies aimed at preventing harmful alcohol use should be considered by university authorities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-265
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume58
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Gender

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