International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction

, Volume 17, Issue 6, pp 1550–1563 | Cite as

The Relationship Between Demographic Variables and Substance Use in Undergraduates

  • Aleksandra M. RogowskaEmail author
Brief Report


The aim of this study was to explore the relationships between demographic variables and substance use during the last month among undergraduates. A self-administered questionnaire “Students 2004” was distributed among a convenience sample of undergraduates (n = 983; between the ages of 21 and 36) at a large, public university in the south of Poland. The data were analyzed statistically, using chi-squared test, logistic regression, and cluster analysis. The results indicated that excessive alcohol drinking and substance use among students are related to being male, studying social sciences, living in a dorm or apartment, and living in an urban area. Binge drinking is related to gender and living arrangement, whereas illicit drug use is associated with faculty and place of residence. Prevention programmes at universities should be targeted at male students, studying social sciences, living in a dorm, and living in an urban area.


Binge drinking Drug users Gender Faculty Living arrangement Place of residence 


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Conflict of Interest

The author declare that she have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in this study involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of Ethics Board and with the 1975 Helsinki Declaration.

Informed Consent

All procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. Informed consent was obtained from all participants for being included in the study.


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  1. 1.Institute of PsychologyUniversity of OpoleOpolePoland

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