Drinking motives, behaviour and problems among black South African university students

SOURCE: African Journal of Drug and Alcohol Studies
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2003
TITLE AUTHOR(S): K.Peltzer
KEYWORDS: ADOLESCENT BOYS, DRINKING BEHAVIOUR, DRINKING MOTIVES, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
DEPARTMENT: Social Aspects of Public Health (SAPH)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 2673

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Abstract

This study investigated the drinking motives, behaviour and problems among first-entering university students in South Africa. The most predominant drinking motive was social, followed by enhancement and coping. Social and enhancement drinking motives were predictors for current alcohol use, heavy drinking and risky drinking, while coping drinking motives were predictors for drinking problems. Intervention programmes may address coping motives with problem drinkers and social and enhancement motives with male current and risky drinkers and social motives in female drinkers.