Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 57, Issue 4, pp 1451–1457 | Cite as

Religiosity as a Substance Use Protective Factor Among Female College Students

  • Richard Isralowitz
  • Alexander Reznik
  • Orly Sarid
  • Adi Dagan
  • Orli Grinstein-Cohen
  • Vered Yeflach Wishkerman
Original Paper


Research exists about religiosity as a substance use protective factor. However, there is little attention of this issue regarding Israeli female college students. Undergraduate religious and secular students were studied. Religious students reported lower last month tobacco, alcohol, cannabis and non-medical prescription drug use. Secular females who smoked, missed class because of party habits and reported easy access to cannabis had a higher probability of binge drinking. This study contributes to knowledge about religiosity and college student substance use, and it provides useful information for their mental health and well-being.


Religiosity Women College students Substance use 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest


Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in this study involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the universities’ institutional research committees and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. Procedures were approved by the institutional review boards of the universities involved. All student data were collected in an anonymous and voluntary manner.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Isralowitz
    • 1
  • Alexander Reznik
    • 1
  • Orly Sarid
    • 2
  • Adi Dagan
    • 1
  • Orli Grinstein-Cohen
    • 3
  • Vered Yeflach Wishkerman
    • 4
  1. 1.Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research CenterBen Gurion UniversityBeer ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.Spitzer Department of Social WorkBen Gurion UniversityBeer ShevaIsrael
  3. 3.Mower Curriculum for the Prevention and Treatment of Addiction, Recanati Department of NursingBen Gurion UniversityBeer ShevaIsrael
  4. 4.Kaye Academic CollegeBeer ShevaIsrael

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