Sexual Health Sexual Health Society
Publishing on sexual health from the widest perspective
RESEARCH ARTICLE

Sexual health, alcohol and the university environment: is there a need for sexual health promotion intervention?

Sharyn Burns
+ Author Affiliations
- Author Affiliations

School of Public Health, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia. Email: s.burns@curtin.edu.au

Sexual Health 12(3) 269-271 https://doi.org/10.1071/SH14215
Submitted: 6 November 2014  Accepted: 2 March 2015   Published: 28 April 2015

Abstract

Background: Young university students participate in hazardous drinking and risky sexual health behaviours, however there are few comprehensive interventions targeting this group. Methods: Undergraduate university students aged 18–24 years (n = 2466) were recruited to complete an online survey to investigate the association between levels of alcohol consumption, gender and experienced, second-hand and witnessed sexual health behaviours and situations. Results: Male students and hazardous drinkers were most likely to participate in unprotected sex and regretted sex. Female students and hazardous drinkers were most likely to experience an unwanted sexual advance. Conclusions: Integrated and comprehensive interventions targeting young people in the university setting are needed.

Additional keywords: experienced harms, witnessed harms, sexual health behaviours, alcohol consumption, university students.


References

[1]  Wiefferink CH, Peters L, Hoekstra F, Dam GT, Buijs GJ, Paulussen TGWM. Clustering of health-related behaviors and their determinants: possible consequences for school health interventions. Prev Sci 2006; 7 127–49.
Clustering of health-related behaviors and their determinants: possible consequences for school health interventions.CrossRef | 16596470PubMed |

[2]  Bearinger LH, Sieving R, Ferguson J, Sharma V. Global perspectives on the sexual health and reproductive health of adolescents: patterns, prevention, and potential. Lancet 2007; 369 1220–31.
Global perspectives on the sexual health and reproductive health of adolescents: patterns, prevention, and potential.CrossRef | 17416266PubMed |

[3]  Hallett J, Howat P, Maycock BR, McManus A, Kypri K, Dhaliwal SS. Undergraduate student drinking and related harms at an Australian university: web-based survey of a large random sample. BMC Public Health 2012; 12 37
Undergraduate student drinking and related harms at an Australian university: web-based survey of a large random sample.CrossRef | 22248011PubMed |

[4]  Burnett AJ, Sabato TM, Wagner L, Smith A. The influence of attributional style on substance use and risky sexual behavior among college students. Coll Stud J 2014; 48 325–36.

[5]  Turchik JA, Garske JP, Probst DR, Irvin CR. Personality, sexuality, and substance use as predictors of sexual risk taking in college students. J Sex Res 2010; 47 411–9.
Personality, sexuality, and substance use as predictors of sexual risk taking in college students.CrossRef | 19711220PubMed |

[6]  Kypri K, Cronin M, Wright CS. Do university students drink more hazardously than their non-student peers? Addiction 2005; 100 713–4.
Do university students drink more hazardously than their non-student peers?CrossRef | 15847629PubMed |

[7]  Davidson JK, Moore NB, Earle JR, Davis R. Sexual attitudes and behavior at four universities: do region, race, and/or religion matter? Adolescence 2008; 43 189–220.
| 18689097PubMed |

[8]  Saunders JB, Assland OG, Babor TF, De La Fuente JR, Grant M. Development of the alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT): WHO collaborative project on early detection of persons with harmful alcohol consumption – II. Addiction 1993; 88 791–804.
Development of the alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT): WHO collaborative project on early detection of persons with harmful alcohol consumption – II.CrossRef | 1:STN:280:DyaK3szitVOltw%3D%3D&md5=7445d5d60b77fbfbe4bf31c237a6a1cbCAS | 8329970PubMed |

[9]  Hallett J, Howat P, McManus A, Meng R, Maycock B, Kypri K. Academic and personal problems among Australian university students who drink at hazardous levels: web-based survey. Health Promot J Austr 2013; 24 170–7.
Academic and personal problems among Australian university students who drink at hazardous levels: web-based survey.CrossRef | 1:STN:280:DC%2BC2c3ovV2isw%3D%3D&md5=b397da7642a7b66bc9de9bd01bdb6306CAS | 24355337PubMed |

[10]  McGee R, Kypri K. Alcohol-related problems experienced by university students in New Zealand. Aust N Z J Public Health 2004; 28 321–3.
Alcohol-related problems experienced by university students in New Zealand.CrossRef | 15704694PubMed |

[11]  Langley JD, Kyrpi K, Stephenson SCR. Secondhand effects of alcohol use among university students: computerised survey. BMJ 2003; 327 1023–4.
Secondhand effects of alcohol use among university students: computerised survey.CrossRef | 14593036PubMed |

[12]  Burns S, Crawford G, Hallett J, Jancey J, Portsmouth L, Hunt K, Longo J. Consequences of low risk and hazardous alcohol consumption among university students in Australia and implications for health promotion interventions. Open J Prevent Med 2015; 5 1–13.
Consequences of low risk and hazardous alcohol consumption among university students in Australia and implications for health promotion interventions.CrossRef |

[13]  Montauti SM, Bulmer SM. A research update on correlates of heavy episodic drinking among undergraduate college students. Am J Health Educ 2014; 45 142–50.
A research update on correlates of heavy episodic drinking among undergraduate college students.CrossRef |

[14]  Cashell-Smith ML, Connor JL, Kypri K. Harmful effects of alcohol on sexual behaviour in a New Zealand university community. Drug Alcohol Rev 2007; 26 645–51.
Harmful effects of alcohol on sexual behaviour in a New Zealand university community.CrossRef | 17943525PubMed |

[15]  The Kirby Institute. HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmissible infections in Australia annual surveillance report 2013. Sydney: The Kirby Institute; 2013.

[16]  Mitchelle A, Patrick K, Heywood W, Blackwood P, Pitts M. 5th National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2013. In Australian Research Centre in Sex HaS, (ed.). ARCSHS Monograph Series No 97. Melbourne: La Trobe University; 2014.

[17]  Rickwood D, George A, Parker R, Mikhailovich K. Harmful alcohol use on campus: impact on young people at university. Youth Studies Aust 2011; 30 34–40.

[18]  Yager Z, O’Dea JA. Prevention programs for body image and eating disorders on university campuses: a review of large, controlled interventions. Health Promot Int 2008; 23 173–89.
Prevention programs for body image and eating disorders on university campuses: a review of large, controlled interventions.CrossRef | 18263883PubMed |

[19]  Kypri K, Langley JD, Saunders JB, Cashell-Smith ML, Herbison P. Randomized controlled trial of web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention in primary care. Arch Intern Med 2008; 168 530–6.
Randomized controlled trial of web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention in primary care.CrossRef | 18332300PubMed |

[20]  Kypri K, McCambridge J, Cunningham JA, Vater T, Bowe S, De Graaf B, Saunders JB, Dean J. Web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention for Maori and non-Maori: the New Zealand e-SBINZ trials. BMC Public Health 2010; 10 781
Web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention for Maori and non-Maori: the New Zealand e-SBINZ trials.CrossRef | 21176233PubMed |



Rent Article (via Deepdyve) Export Citation Cited By (1)

View Altmetrics