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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.34 No.4 December 2010. -

The aim of the study was to examine the prevalence of alcohol abuse among university students in Osijek, Croatia and its possible interconnections with gender, year of study, repetition of year of study, faculty subject area, sources of financing and type of residence during study. A validated questionnaire was self-administered to cross-faculty representative student sample of »J. J. Strossmayer« University of Osijek in June 2006. General demographic data, as well as data on academic features and student socio-economical status were obtained. The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test AUDIT was used for assessing the extent of alcohol consumption, with cut off value of 8 indicating possible alcohol problems. The majority of study participants 90.9% 755-831 had tried alcohol at least once in their life. Among this group, 43.8% 331-755 had an AUDIT total score of 8 or more: 69.2% 229-331 were males and 30.8% 102-331 were females. Among the study participants who screened positive, 70.4% 233-331 responded positively to simple advice focused on the reduction of hazardous drinking AUDIT 8–15, 14.5% 48-331 needed brief counseling and continued monitoring AUDIT 16–19, and 15.1% 50-331 clearly warranted further diagnostic evaluation for alcohol dependence AUDIT 20 and above. Significantly different statistical data was found within the following factors: gender, repetition of year of study, faculty subject area and type of residence c2=76.232, p=0.0000; Fisher exact test=31.828, p=0.0000; c2=11.667, p= 0.0086 and c2=6.639, p=0.0362 respectively. Alcohol consumption resulting in risk behaviors is common among university students from eastern Croatia. These findings emphasize the need for comprehensive and effective preventative strategies directed towards student population.

students; alcohol drinking; risk factors; university; Croatia

Autor: Maja Miškulin - Goranka Petrović - Ivan Miškulin - Dinko Puntarić - Josip Milas - Danielle Dahl - Stjepan Rudan -



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