Two in three Irish college students are drinking hazardous amounts of alcohol every week
The worrying findings came as a result of a study in University College Cork (UCC).
Going out and enjoying a few beers from time to time is part and parcel of a lot of students’ college experience, but the levels of alcohol consumption are getting out of hand according to a UCC study.
The results of the study, which was carried out by researchers in UCC, are reported in the Irish Times today and some of the findings are a little bit worrying.
The study found, for example, that 66 per cent of 2,275 undergraduates (65.2 per cent of men and 67.3 per cent of women) are engaging in a level of drinking that is regarded as unsafe.
Furthermore, 17.5 per cent of men and five per cent of women are consuming more than six units of alcohol (approximately 2-3 pints of beer) four times a week and sometimes on a daily basis.
UCC researcher and PhD candidate Martin Davoren led the research, with support from UCC colleagues Dr Frances Shiely and Prof Ivan Perry, and Dr Michael Byrne from UCC’s student health department.
The survey had an overall response rate of 51 per cent and an in-class response rate of 84 per cent.
Commenting on the findings, Davoren said: “A decade ago the college lifestyle and attitudinal national survey noted males were drinking more than their female counterparts. We are now seeing women drinking as much as men.
“This finding is yet another signpost that our relationship with alcohol as a nation is unwholesome and detrimental to health. It impacts on us all and these findings should not be seen as merely a young person, student or UCC issue.
“Currently the State is at a decision point with regard to policies on the promotion of sports sponsorship and this study highlights the need for effective public-policy measures such as a minimum unit price for alcohol and a full ban on sports sponsorship.”
UCC have been taking a number of measures in an attempt to reduce the potential for alcohol-related harm and anti-social activity, such as introducing alcohol-free accommodation on campus.
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