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Revista médica de Chile

versión impresa ISSN 0034-9887

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LATORRES, María  y  HUIDOBRO, Andrea. Prevalence of alcohol consumption among medical students at the Universidad Católica del Maule, Chile. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2012, vol.140, n.9, pp.1140-1144. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872012000900006.

Background: Teenagers and university students are an especially vulnerable population towards unhealthy alcohol consumption Aim: To assess the actual consumption of alcohol among medical students at the Universidad Católica del Maule, Chile (UCM). Material and Methods: A cross sectional study of students who entered medical school between years 2004 and 2010.We applied CAGE questionnaire along with questions about frequency of alcohol consumption. Results: From a universe of 317students, 216 (age range 17-27 years, 54% females) answered the survey (68.8%), 64.2% admitted to consume alcohol and 6% had alcohol dependence. Seventy three percent of the alcohol drinkers were males. Conclusions: The prevalence of alcohol consumption in medical students of the UCM is significantly lower than the prevalence in students of another University surveyed in 2005 (74%) and it is similar to the national statistics. Alcohol consumption was higher in men that in women.

Palabras clave : Alcohol drinking; Questionnaires; Students; medical.

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