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European university students’ experiences and attitudes toward campus alcohol policy

According to the authors of a report published in the journal Substance use and Misuse, many studies indicate that a substantial part of the student population drinks excessively, yet most European universities do not have an alcohol policy. The authors argue that the absence of an alcohol guideline at universities and the easy access to alcohol sold at the student cafeteria, for instance, could potentially place students at risk of overconsumption, which has adverse health consequences. The study, therefore, explored and compared university students’ experiences and attitudes toward alcohol policy on their campus using a qualitative approach.

29 focus group discussions (FGDs) were conducted among students from universities in five European countries: Belgium (4 FGDs), Denmark (6 FGDs), France (5 FGDs), Hungary (6 FGDs), and the Slovak Republic (8 FGDs), with a total number of 189 participants.

Across the five European countries, students recognised that alcohol was a big problem on their campuses yet they knew very little, if any, about the rules concerning alcohol on their campus. The study authors conclude from their research that students will not support an on-campus alcohol restriction and any policy should therefore focus on prevention initiatives.

Source: European University Students’ Experiences and Attitudes toward Campus Alcohol Policy: A Qualitative Study. G Van Hal, M Tavolacci, C Stock, Bart Vriesacker, O Orosova, O Kalina, F Salonna, A Lukacs, E Ladekjaer Larsen, J Ladner & L Jacobs. Substance Use & Misuse Vol. 0, Iss. 0, 2018.

doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2017.1416402

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