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

Ahmad Houri and Mirvat Hammoud

Abstract

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’ education and monthly income. Students’ self perception regarding smoking and tendency to use illegal drug was assessed showing that 11.7% of smokers consider themselves non-smokers while 11.8% considered trying illegal drugs acceptable. Addiction rates after initial consumption are analyzed showing 74.7% for alcohol, 51.7% for smoking cigarettes and 26.9% for drugs. A risk profile for each addiction type is presented.

Journal of Social Sciences
Volume 1 No. 2, 2005, 105-113

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/jssp.2005.105.113

Submitted On: 23 June 2005 Published On: 30 June 2005

How to Cite: Houri, A. & Hammoud, M. (2005). Addictive Behaviors Amongst University Students: Contributing Factors, Student’s Perception and Addiction Rates . Journal of Social Sciences, 1(2), 105-113. https://doi.org/10.3844/jssp.2005.105.113

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Keywords

  • Socioeconomic factors
  • smoking
  • alcohol
  • illegal drugs