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Drinking Behavior and its Influence Factors among Medical Students in China: A Web-based Survey

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DOI: 10.25236/ehmit.2021.011


Cong CHENG, Lei TANG, Zhao-Ya FAN, Chang-Hong ZHANG, Ge LI, Rui ZHANG, Xiao-Jun TANG and Fan ZHANG

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Unhealthy drinking behaviour places a heavy burden on personal health and social development. Our study aimed to analyze the drinking behavior and its influence factors of medical students, and provide evidence for the design of a better drinking-related health education. College students in a medical university was selected as the participants. Epidata 3.1 and SAS 8.0 were used for data collection and analysis. Chi-square test, one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), and the ordinal multinomial stepwise logistic regression were used to analyze the variance of drinking behavior in different participant with P<0.05 as statistically significant. Totally 2045 participants in grade 1 to grade 5 from a medical university were surveyed with 32.55% (n=662) males and 67.45% (n=1373) females and 11 missing ones. The drinking rate was significantly lower in medical students than that in non-medical students (37.52% VS 43.36%, 2=9.443, P<0.05). The regression results showed that drinking behavior was related to major, gender, smoking, drinking of parents, peer drinking, drinking attitudes (P<0.05). Gender, major, personal health risk behavior such as smoking will influence the drinking behavior. Moreover, surrounding factors, including drinking history of parents, drinking behavior of peer may change the drinking behavior. Given that the attitudes of participants will alter their drinking behavior, and attitudes depends on knowledge. Therefore, we need to enhance health education on drinking according to their different characteristics and surrounding factors of participants in future.


Drinking Alcohol, Risk Behavior, Medical Students