n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Alcohol use among students at the University of Limpopo, South Africa : substance abuse

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Alcohol use is highly prevalent among university students and is a major health concern for universities in many countries. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and patterns of alcohol use as well as the motives for alcohol use among health care science students at the Medunsa campus of the University of Limpopo, South Africa. Data was gathered by the use of self-administered questionnaire. The stratified cluster and probability sampling technique was used to obtain a sample of =142 respondents (female, 60%; =85) and male 40% (=57)), with a mean age of 21.7 years. The mean age of the group was 21.3 years. The prevalence of alcohol use among the participants was relatively low, where 23% (=32) of the sample consumed alcohol. Only 15% (=22) of the respondents were categorized as light drinkers, 3.5% (=5) moderate drinkers and 3.5% (=5) heavy drinkers. Respondents scored the lowest on the peer pressure motive for alcohol use (35.6%) and equal on the personal enjoyment and tension reduction category, both having mean scores of 39%, respectively. The Spearman's rho revealed statistically significant relationships among the different types of drinking categories and the following drinking motives; to experience a good time ( [32] = -.363, < .041), to feel good ( [32] = .354, < .047)., to cheer up ( [32] = .379, < .032) and to be at ease when blamed ( [32] = .366, < .039). The findings revealed the prevalence of alcohol use among health care science students at the University of Limpopo (Medunsa campus) to be exceptionally low, while social activity was the primary drinking motive.

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