Original Articles

Aspects of Alcohol Use at a South African University Campus

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 21, issue 1, 2011 , pages: 111–114
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2011.10820435
Author(s): Almon ShumbaCentral University of Technology, South Africa, Sikhululekile NcubeUniversity of Fort Hare, South Africa


This study sought to investigate aspects of alcohol use by students attending a South African university. A convenience sample of 40 students (20 male, 20 female; aged 20–30 years.) participated. Data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire and interviews in this study and were described and summarized using descriptive statistics. A significant minority of the students who used alcohol indicated that they were introduced to alcohol use by a friend or relative. Others were self-initiators. A minority proportion believed their academic life was adversely affected by alcohol use. Alcohol drinking impacted the wellbeing of the university students.

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