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Changes in the alcohol consumption of university students due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Schulte-Frankenfeld, M. (2021) Changes in the alcohol consumption of university students due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Abstract:Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, governments worldwide have imposed curfews and other social distancing measures that have significant impacts on people's lives and mental health. As low mental health conditions are associated with increased alcohol consumption, this study aims at exploring changes in the alcohol consumption patterns of students before and during the Covid-19 pandemic, while considering the variables “perceived stress”, “gender”, “age” and “country of origin”. Data were collected by conducting an online questionnaire using convenience sampling (n=216). The survey consists of the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT), the Perceived Stress Scale-10 (PSS-10), and additional questions about demographics and alcohol consumption before the pandemic. The findings of the study indicate that students reduced their alcohol consumption significantly during the Covid-19 pandemic. No significant differences were found in students individual characteristics (gender, age, country of origin), and no significant correlation was found between total scores of AUDIT and PSS-10. The study indicates a decrease in alcohol consumption due to a reduction in social interactions and highlights social drinking as a common consumption pattern of students, which should be further investigated by future research.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87419
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