A study on drug abuse among the undergraduate medical students in Calcutta

J Indian Med Assoc. 1999 Jan;97(1):20-1.


A study conducted during 1993 among undergraduate medical students in 2 medical colleges of Calcutta indicated that the prevalence of total and current drug abusers were 48.9% and 27.9% respectively of the respondent student population. The drug abuse rate gradually increased with advancement of each academic year i.e., from 24% in the first year to 74.4% in the final year, being maximum (84.5%) in the age group of 25-29 years. The prevalence among boys (58.4%) was significantly higher than that among girls (25.9%). Hostellers were found to be more drug users than non-hostellers. In the pattern of drug abuse, 12.6% of students used tobacco only and 3.6% alcohol only. Most commonly used combination was alcohol, tobacco and other drugs which constituted 12.7% of students.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Developing Countries*
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • India / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Students, Medical / statistics & numerical data*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Urban Population / statistics & numerical data*