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Many Nursing Students Show Evidence of Hazardous Drinking

No between-sex difference in prevalence; more problem drinking among younger students, smokers

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A considerable proportion of nursing students meet the criteria for hazardous drinking, according to a study published online Nov. 3 in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Joseba Rabanales Sotos, R.N., from the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Albacete, Spain, and colleagues examined the prevalence of hazardous drinking among 1,060 nursing students over the course of the 2012 to 2013 academic year. Sociodemographic characteristics, lifestyle, and alcohol consumption were ascertained using the Systematic Alcohol Consumption Interview and the Alcohol Use Disorders Inventory Test.

The researchers found that hazardous alcohol consumption was seen in 43.4 percent of students. No statistically significant difference between the sexes was observed, with 14.9 percent of men and 18.7 percent of women meeting the criteria for hazardous drinking. Among participants aged younger than 21 years, those living outside the family nucleus, and smokers, the frequency of hazardous drinking was significantly higher.

"Alcohol-prevention activities should envisage greater protection of university settings, particularly where future health professionals are involved," the authors write.

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