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Revista Clínica de Medicina de Familia

versión impresa ISSN 1699-695X


AREVALO TOVAR, Luisa Leonor; DIAZ CABALLERO, Antonio José; GONZALEZ MARTINEZ, Farith Damián  y  SIMANCAS PALLARES, Miguel Angel. Alcohol consumption and related factors in dental students. Rev Clin Med Fam [online]. 2010, vol.3, n.2, pp.93-98. ISSN 1699-695X.

Objective. Describe alcohol consumption among dental students and to evaluate its relationship with sociodemographic variables. Design. Cross-sectional observational study. Setting. The town of Cartagena de Indias - Colombia. Participants. We obtained a sample of 153 dental students between first and tenth semester, through a probabilistic sampling proportional to the number of individuals in each grade. Main measurements. Was used a structured survey with the following variables, alcohol consumption, frequency and preferences for the type of drink, beverage choice, reasons for consumption, consequences and disruption of physical integrity. The statistical analysis was performed in STATA X® program for Windows version 10.0, from odds ratios with confidence levels of 95% and multivariate analysis through logistic regression. Results. With 153 participants, we obtained a prevalence of alcohol consumption was 86.7%, with more frequent consumption on weekends (55.5%) and the most frequent consequences of alcohol drinkers was the deterioration of family relationships with 47.8 %. With regard to relations with sociodemographic variables, adjusting for age, the largest associations were the urban or rural origin and gender. After adjusting for gender, urban students were five times more probablility of consumption. Conclusions. Dental students in this survey consume with high frequency alcoholic beverages, bringing this to its reality and using it as a conductive in the stress moments.

Palabras clave : Alcohol Drinking; Public Health; College Students.

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