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Why students drink : a study of South African university students’ drinking behaviour

dc.contributor.authorDu Preez, R.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorPentz, C. D.en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorLategan, B. W.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-04T13:57:07Z
dc.date.available2016-07-04T13:57:07Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationDu Preez, R., Pentz, C.D. & Lategan, B.W. 2016. Why students drink: A study of South African university students’ drinking behaviour. South African Journal of Higher Education, 30(2):73-93, doi: 10.20853/30-2-582.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn1753-5913 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1011-3487 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi: http://dx.doi.org/10.20853/30-2-582
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/99076
dc.descriptionCITATION: Du Preez, R., Pentz, C.D. & Lategan, B.W. 2016. Why students drink: A study of South African university students’ drinking behaviour. South African Journal of Higher Education, 30(2):73-93, doi:10.20853/30-2-582.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.journals.ac.za/index.php/sajheen_ZA
dc.description.abstractLittle is known about the drinking behaviour of South African university students and education and prevention campaigns are not necessarily based on scientific research results. To change drinking behaviour, it is important to address the drinking motives, alcohol outcome expectancies, and alcohol-related behaviour that hold valence in education and prevention campaigns. The purpose of this study was to gain insight into the drinking behaviour of South African university students, and to make recommendations towards the development of persuasive communications that will address drinking motives and alcohol outcomes. The measurement instruments used in the study included the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT), the Drinking Expectancy Questionnaire Revised (DEQ-R), and the Drinking Motives Questionnaire Revised (DMQ-R). Data (n=474) were collected from university students from a single campus in South Africa. The data analyses included independent sample t-tests, ANOVA and partial least squares modelling. The results indicate that students expect an element of tension reduction and an increase in sexual interest when consuming alcohol and that they primarily drink for social and enhancement motives. The influence of positive alcohol outcome expectancies on drinking behaviour is mediated by social and enhancement motives. The study’s findings can be used by universities to develop effective education and responsible drinking programmes.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://www.journals.ac.za/index.php/sajhe/article/view/582
dc.format.extent21 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherHESAen_ZA
dc.rightsSouth African Journal of Higher Educationen_ZA
dc.subjectCollege students -- Alcohol use -- South Africaen_ZA
dc.titleWhy students drink : a study of South African university students’ drinking behaviouren_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
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