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Visnjic A.M.,University of Nis | Visnjic A.M.,Public Health Institute of Nis | Jovic S.,University of Nis | Grbesa G.,University of Nis | Grbesa G.,Clinical Center
Srpski Arhiv za Celokupno Lekarstvo

Introduction The prevalence of unhealthy alcohol use among university students is increasing in many countries. Objective The aim of the study was to investigate alcohol consumption and alcohol-related knowledge, attitudes and risky behaviors among Serbian university students. Methods The cross-sectional study was carried out at the three state universities from January to June in the academic year 2009/2010 and included 2,285 students of both genders. The students filled out a questionnaire consisting of 70 questions with respect to demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, their lifestyle habits, styles and attitudes, health assessment, as well as exposure to different risk factors. Results It was found that 77.7% of students drank alcohol occasionally, 4.6% of them consumed it on a daily basis. Friedman’s test (p<0.001) showed that students prefer drinking beer to all other alcoholic beverages. Students in Belgrade and students of Technical faculties are undisputed champions when it comes to how often they drink six or more drinks on a single occasion. Older students in Serbia drink more and get drunk more frequently. Conclusion A high percentage of Serbian students consume alcohol, and even though they have their first drink at an early age, they generally drink less than students in many other countries. © 2015, Serbia Medical Society. Source

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