Alcohol-related problems experienced by university students in New Zealand

Aust N Z J Public Health. 2004 Aug;28(4):321-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-842x.2004.tb00437.x.


Objective: To examine reported problems associated with alcohol use in a large sample of New Zealand university students.

Method: A random sample (n=1910) of students at the University of Otago Dunedin was invited to complete an Internet-based survey of their patterns of alcohol use and associated behaviours.

Results: The survey achieved a response rate of 82% (n=1564). Reports of alcohol-related problems were relatively common and included the physical consequences of bingeing as well as interpersonal, anti-social and academic problems.

Conclusions: Problems associated with alcohol consumption are relatively common and represent potential harm to the students' immediate health and academic performance. A study of the effects of alcohol on actual academic performance of students is warranted.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Alcoholism / complications*
  • Alcoholism / epidemiology
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • New Zealand / epidemiology
  • Students*
  • Universities*