Alcohol use, its predictors and academic performance among Malaysian students of a medical college in India

Devi, Vasudha and Ping, Alicia Tan Wei and Ying, Tan Tuan and Subhash, Sadhin and Amir, Samia Mahmood Hafez (2013) Alcohol use, its predictors and academic performance among Malaysian students of a medical college in India. Education in Medicine Journal, 5 (4). e72-e76. ISSN 2180-1932

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Several studies reveal high rates of alcohol use among college students affecting their health and performances. This cross-sectional survey was done to study medical students’ drinking pattern, its predictors and to develop any possible link between their academic performance and alcohol consumption. Data was collected using newly designed, validated questionnaire from students (n= 348) who consumed and not consumed alcohol. The response rate was 60% (209/348). 94% of drinkers started consuming alcohol before entering into the medical school. Most of them (85%) drank with parents’ awareness. Among drinkers, 63% were of Chinese race and 35% of Indian race. None of the Malay respondents reported of drinking. 63% of drinkers and 23% of non-drinkers reported that most of their friends consumed alcohol. Drinking was not associated with smoking or drug abuse. There were no statistically significant differences in exam scores between drinkers and nondrinkers. Non-drinkers considered religious and moral obligations for not consuming alcohol. In conclusion, at our Institute, students did not allow their alcohol use to interfere with their academic performance. The drinking habit developed during school time is more likely to continue during college years. Those who have non-drinking friends are more likely not to consume alcohol themselves. Moral and religious obligations have positive impact on alcohol intake.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcohol consumption ;academic performance; medical students.
Subjects: Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Pharmacology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2015 04:37
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2015 04:37

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