Patterns of alcohol use on a South African university campus: the findings of two annual drinking surveys

  • C Young
  • V de Klerk


While alcohol continues to be abused on university campuses around the world, the precise situation on South African campuses is unknown. This paper attempts to address this gap by reporting the results of two annual surveys of alcohol consumption amongst students at Rhodes University, the smallest tertiary institution in South Africa, with an annual intake of approximately 6000 students. The results of a survey using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) suggests that alcohol consumption amongst these students is a public health concern, and likely to result in serious medical and social consequences. KEYWORDS: Alcohol use, binge drinking, South Africa, university students, AUDIT

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