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Socio-demographic insights into South African student drinking behaviour

dc.contributor.authorLategan, B. W.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorDu Preez, R.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorPentz, C. D.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-07T10:59:43Z
dc.date.available2019-03-07T10:59:43Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationLategan, B. W., Du Preez, R. & Pentz, C. D. 2017. Socio-demographic insights into South African student drinking behaviour. South African Journal of Higher Education, 31(5):90-115, doi:10.20853/31-5-1512
dc.identifier.issn1753-5913 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.20853/31-5-1512
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/105525
dc.descriptionCITATION: Lategan, B. W., Du Preez, R. & Pentz, C. D. 2017. Socio-demographic insights into South African student drinking behaviour. South African Journal of Higher Education, 31(5):90-115, doi:10.20853/31-5-1512.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.journals.ac.za/index.php/sajhe
dc.description.abstractHazardous and harmful drinking is on the rise among adolescents and young adults and has been classified as a major health problem. University students is a subgroup of young adults that are characterised by more frequent, and even more dangerous drinking behaviours than their non-student peers and new intervention approaches are needed to foster behavioural change. The purpose of this study is to investigate the drinking behaviour and socio-demographic profile of a cohort of South African university students and propose future research avenues to address student drinking behaviour. Ex post facto survey data was collected by means of a questionnaire including the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT) and a demographic section. Data was gathered from university students (n=474) from a single campus within South Africa. Data analysis included descriptive statistics, reliability analysis, independent sample t-tests and one-way ANOVAs. Results indicate significant differences in drinking behaviour for gender groups; age; level of disposable income; type of beverage consumed, binge drinking, level and frequency of consumption. The findings have implications for higher education management, public health authorities, and academia and provide valuable insight on the socio-demographic profile and drinking behaviour of a cohort of university students. The findings serve as a foundation for future research into the development of a persuasive communications strategy (educational and prevention campaigns) that could foster much needed behavioural change.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.journals.ac.za/index.php/sajhe/article/view/1512
dc.format.extent26 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherHESA
dc.subjectDrinking behavioren_ZA
dc.subjectCollege students -- Alcohol use -- South Africa -- Stellenboschen_ZA
dc.subjectDrinking of alcoholic beverages -- South Africa -- Stellenboschen_ZA
dc.subjectCollege students -- Alcohol use -- South Africa -- Socio-demographic profileen_ZA
dc.subjectBinge drinkingen_ZA
dc.titleSocio-demographic insights into South African student drinking behaviouren_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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