Students take alcohol to relax, socialise

December 5th, 2008 - 2:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Dec 5 (IANS) Students drink heavily to relax, relieve stress and boredom, according to a new research. “The University of Canberra (UC)… is concerned about the safety and well-being of its students,” said researcher Amanda George of the Healthpact Research Centre.

“Our research is addressing this issue and exploring ways to reduce harmful levels of consumption and alcohol-related harms,” she added.

The research team, comprising Amanda George, Rhian Parker, Katja Mikhailovich and Debra Rickwood, found 86 percent of UC students drinkers and around half those drinking at hazardous levels.

The findings, based on a sample of 1,151 students who completed an online survey, are not surprising, according to George, who says targeting the reasons for drinking may help students, a UC release says.

Likely recommendations include the introduction of alcohol-free social events and a cafe, and an information campaign to increase student awareness of the counselling services available on campus.

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