Journal of Social Sciences

Addictive Behaviors Amongst University Students: Contributing Factors, Student's Perception and Addiction Rates

Ahmad Houri and Mirvat Hammoud

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2005.105.113

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 1, Issue 2

Pages 105-113


Factors contributing to addictive behaviors affecting student health are analyzed in this study. Smoking, alcohol consumption, and the use of illegal drugs are assessed in a sample of 290 university students. General averages indicate that 37.2% of students smoke cigarettes, 49.8% drink alcohol regularly, and 17.9% have tried illegal drugs while 4.8% of them use it regularly. Age, academic achievement, gender, religion, family status and financial status were correlated to these addictive behaviors. Major findings show a clear relationship between smoking and most variables. The main factor involved in drinking was found to be religion, while illegal drug consumption was most clearly correlated to parents


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