Alcohol consumption, depression, anxiety and stress levels amongst university students

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Shortt, Tanya
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of the present study is to examine alcohol consumption levels and how it affects men and women studying at university level age 18 and over, and their levels of depression, anxiety and stress. A quantitative cross-sectional survey design was used and survey handed out to participants in college lectures for data collection. The research sample consisted of 90 participants, of which there was 38 male participants and 52 female. The expected finding of the study was a significant difference between gender, alcohol consumption and depression, anxiety and stress. Results showed that the male participants consumed more units of alcohol than the female population, and both genders showed similar results in levels of depression, anxiety and stress. Those who were of a younger age had higher levels of depression. Participants that indicated they take part in binge drinking showed higher levels of anxiety, depression and stress.