(HealthDay News) — A considerable proportion of nursing students meet the criteria for hazardous drinking, according to a study published online November 3 in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Joseba Rabanales Sotos, RN, from the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Albacete, Spain, and colleagues examined the prevalence of hazardous drinking among 1,060 nursing students over the course of the 2012–2013 academic year. Sociodemographic characteristics, lifestyle, and alcohol consumption were ascertained using the Systematic Alcohol Consumption Interview and the Alcohol Use Disorders Inventory Test.

The researchers found that hazardous alcohol consumption was seen in 43.4% of students. No statistically significant difference between the sexes was observed, with 14.9% of men and 18.7% of women meeting the criteria for hazardous drinking. Among participants aged <21 years, those living outside the family nucleus, and smokers, the frequency of hazardous drinking was significantly higher.

“Alcohol-prevention activities should envisage greater protection of university settings, particularly where future health professionals are involved,” the authors write.

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