oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Perceptions of the normal use of alcohol among black Zimbabwean university students

Volume 34, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Definitions of the normal use of Western type alcohol used by black Zimbabwean, social science university students were examined. A sample of thirty male and thirty female social science student's definitions of the normal use of alcohol elicited in an open ended manner indicated subjects did not have clearly formulated norms as to what constituted the non-problem use of alcohol. A different sample of thirty eight female and thirty eight male social science students completed a structured questionnaire indicating what they perceived as the normal use of alcohol for themselves and also their actual level of alcohol consumption. A significant correlation existed between perceptions of normal drinking and reported level of alcohol use for both males and females, although the correlation was higher for males than females. Males perceived it as normal to make significantly greater use of alcohol than females.

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