Assessment of alcohol and other drug use behaviors in health professions students

Jeffrey N. Baldwin, David M. Scott, Sangeeta Agrawal, Jean K. Bartek, R. Ellen Davis-Hall, Thomas P. Reardon, Edward M. DeSimone

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Alcohol and other drug (AOD) use behaviors of health professions students (HPS) were assessed by surveying both university-based HPS and other nursing programs in a Midwestern state in 1999. Response was 2,646 (56.4%) of surveyed students. Family history of alcohol-related and drug-related problems were reported by 39.8% and 13.9%, respectively, with 42.6% of respondents reporting one or both. Among nursing respondents, 48.1%, 19.2% and 51.1%, respectively, reported family problems with alcohol, drugs, or one or both. Past-year alcohol use was comparable to undergraduate college students (UCS) nationally (83%); heavy drinking, tobacco and recreational drug use by HPS were lower. Past year drug use was highest among medical students. Marijuana was the predominant illicit drug; medical students and males most often reported use. Health professions educational systems should proactively address student AOD prevention, education and assistance needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-37
Number of pages11
JournalSubstance Abuse
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 23 2006


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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Baldwin, J. N., Scott, D. M., Agrawal, S., Bartek, J. K., Davis-Hall, R. E., Reardon, T. P., & DeSimone, E. M. (2006). Assessment of alcohol and other drug use behaviors in health professions students. Substance Abuse, 27(3), 27-37.