Attitudes of Nigerian medical students towards use and abuse of tobacco, alcohol and drugs

Drug Alcohol Depend. 1985 Aug;15(4):323-34. doi: 10.1016/0376-8716(85)90009-2.


The questionnaire devised by WHO as a standardized instrument for use across cultures, and modified to suit an African culture, was completed by 104 clinical medical students (male and female) selected at random. After statistical analysis, the results were discussed regarding attitudes (approval/disapproval); perceived availability; social connotation; perceived harmfulness; perceived problems; perceived parental norms; religion; and exposure to use. A significant finding was that 78% of the medical students disapprove of people using all the listed drugs, 11% disapprove slightly and only 11% do not disapprove.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking*
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Attitude to Health
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nigeria
  • Smoking*
  • Social Values
  • Students, Medical / psychology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / psychology*