Monday, 27 October 2014

Alcohol and nursing students

Roger Watson, Editor-in-Chief

Alcohol and students are often synonymous in Europe and alcohol abuse in younger people is a significant problem in society. Nursing students are students and many of them are young people. So, is there any reason to expect them to take a responsible attitude towards alcohol? A recent study by Rabanales Sotos et al. (2014) titled: Prevalence of hazardous drinking among nursing students and published in JAN investigates alcohol use among nursing students in Spain.

The aim of the study was: 'To estimate the frequency of alcohol consumption among nursing students and describe their behaviour patterns in relation to excessive consumption.' Nursing students (N=1060) were surveyed using the Systematic Alcohol Consumption Interview (Interrogatorio Sistematizado de Consumos Alcoh olicos/ ISCA) and Alcohol Use Disorders Inventory Test (AUDIT). The findings are described in the words of the authors: 'A considerable proportion of students show evidence of hazardous alcohol consumption and, while there are no sex-related differences, the proportion of hazardous drinkers tends to be higher among the youngest subjects, smokers and persons living outside the family nucleus.'


Rabanales Sotos J, López Gonzalez A, P árraga Martí ınez I, Campos Rosa M, Simarro Herraez MJ, L ópez-Torres Hidalgo J (2014) Prevalence of hazardous drinking among nursing students Journal of Advanced Nursing doi:10.1111/jan.12548

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