Alcohol-related problems experienced by university students in New Zealand
Article first published online: 25 SEP 2007
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume 28, Issue 4, pages 321–323, August 2004
How to Cite
McGee, R. and Kypri, K. (2004), Alcohol-related problems experienced by university students in New Zealand. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 28: 321–323. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2004.tb00437.x
- Issue published online: 25 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 25 SEP 2007
- Revision requested: April 2004, Accepted: June 2004
Objective:To examine reported problems associated with alcohol use in a large sample of New Zealand university students.
Method:A random sample (n=1,910) of students at the University of Otago Dunedin was invited to complete an Internet-based survey of their patterns of alcohol use and associated behaviours.
Results:The survey achieved a response rate of 82% (n=1,564). Reports of alcohol-related problems were relatively common and included the physical consequences of bingeing as well as interpersonal, anti-social and academic problems.
Conclusions:Problems associated with alcohol consumption are relatively common and represent potential harm to the students' immediate health and academic performance. A study of the effects of alcohol on actual academic performance of students is warranted.