n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Alcohol use among sixth-year medical students at the University of the Free State : article

Volume 8, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1608-9685
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6786



Introduction. Excessive alcohol consumption among students is cause for concern, not only because medical students themselves may suffer in the long term but also because of the potential negative impact this may have on their effectiveness as tomorrow's doctors. <br>Objectives. The aim of the study was to investigate alcohol use among 6th-year medical students at the University of the Free State (UFS) and reasons for their alcohol use. <br>Methods. After a compulsory lecture on an unrelated topic, the 6th-year medical students at the UFS were given a demographic questionnaire, the self-rated Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) and a shortened version of the selfrated Inventory of Drug-taking Situations (IDTS) to complete. <br>Conclusion. From the results of this study it is clear that a significant number of 6th-year medical students at the UFS 28.3%) use alcohol in a harmful way. Most students use alcohol when they are with friends or in some kind of social setting. However, a number of students use alcohol to cope with stressful situations. It is therefore important that the prevention of harmful use of alcohol should receive attention in medical schools.

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