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Alcohol consumption and physical activity in Austrian college students

The age of college students is considered as crucial for developing health-related behaviours, e.g., alcohol consumption or a physically active lifestyle. Previous research reported a positive relationship between alcohol consumption and physical activity in college students. However, the main body of research was done in students from the United States who might differ from European students.

A study analysed the relationship between alcohol consumption and physical activity in a sample of Austrian college students.

In a cross-sectional design, 861 Austrian students from various study fields responded to a web-based questionnaire. Self-reported alcohol consumption, physical activity, and relevant sociodemographic variables were assessed. Multiple regression analyses were used to study the relationship between alcohol consumption and physical activity. A significant relationship between alcohol consumption and physical activity wasn’t found In any of the regression models. There was a significant influence of sex, age, relationship status, education level, and study field on alcohol consumption. Male, older, and undergraduate students studying social sciences without a relationship reported higher alcohol consumption.

The results do not support a general relationship between alcohol consumption and physical activity among urban Austrian college students of various study fields. Compared to other variables (e.g., sex, relationship status), physical activity seems to be less important in relation to the consumption of alcohol. This study challenges a global perspective on a positive relationship between alcohol consumption and physical activity and highlights the need for more cross-cultural investigations.

Source: Alcohol Consumption and Physical Activity in Austrian College Students-A Cross-Sectional Study. Niedermeier M, Frühauf A, Kopp-Wilfling P, Rumpold G, Kopp M. Subst Use Misuse. 2018 Jan 30:1-10.

doi: 10.1080 /10826084.2017.1416406.

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