ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO USE BY UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF MEDELLÍN, 2007

María de los Ángeles Rodríguez Gázquez, Matilde Álvarez Gómez, Lina María Martínez Sánchez, Diana Carrillo Trujillo, Sergio Andrés Mejía Espinosa, Ana María Valencia Ruiz, María Alejandra Escobar Espinosa, María Fernanda Marín González

Abstract


Objective:  to identify the demographic, as well as the tobacco and alcohol use characteristics of undergraduate students from a Medellín, Colombia, well-known university during the first 2007 academic period. Methodology: a transversal descriptive study was carried of a representative population of 1.406 undergraduate students from the said educative institution. The study instrument was an auto-applied questionnaire. Results: during the study period 1.406 students were interviewed, with an average age of 20,8 years. Other general characteristics of the population were: 51,2% of the interviewed people was female and the predominant marital status was single (97,6%). Annual prevalence of 94,0% and 42,4% for alcohol and tobacco use were found, respectively. Alcoholism risk, according to the CAGE test, was 8%, while nicotine dependence risk was 6% according to the Fagerström test. Males and the 16-24 ages group have the highest substance use prevalence and the highest alcoholismand/or nicotine dependence risk. Conclusion: alcohol and tobacco use in this studied university is a problem deserving attention from health care offices.


Keywords


alcoholic beverages, smoking, prevalence.

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