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BAUMGARTEN, Larissa Zepka; GOMES, Vera Lúcia de Oliveira and FONSECA, Adriana Dora da. Alcohol consumption among university students in the health area of Federal University of Rio Grande/RS: subsidy to the nursing. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2012, vol.16, n.3, pp. 530-535. ISSN 1414-8145. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-81452012000300015.
It aimed to know the facts and consequences linked to alcoholic drinks among university students, in the health area at Federal University of Rio Grande/RS. The sample consisted of 351 students of the first and last year of each course. A sociodemografic questionnaire was applied and AUDIT was used in data collection. For the analyses, they were used statistical tests. It was verified that 202 (57, 5%) students would usually drink alcohol, from these, 196 (97, 0%) belonged to families where there were alcohol users. According to AUDIT, the students were sorted out in low risk 147 (41,8%) and problematic use 49 (14,0%). As consequences, were detected blackouts, alcoholic coma and car accidents. It was clear that 171 (48,7%) students did not use condom in their last sexual intercourses and 37 (10,5%) had from three to 10 sexual partners in the last 12 months. It urges the need to implement strategies of preventive nature in the university environment, so as to detect as early as possible the potential abusive use, as well as the opportunity for treatment to those who make problematic use of alcohol.
Keywords : Students; Alcohol Drinking; Nursing; Public Health.