Substance abuse: Alcohol Consumption and alcohol dependence among the youth (Социологическое исследо...

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A) Economics B) Management C) Sociology D) ICEF

2. Your attitude to the alcohol ?

А) Negative

B) Simply do not like, when there is someone drunk beside me.

C) Neutral

D) Positive

3. Do you drink alcohol?

А) Yes C) Did not ever try.

B) No

4. If not, why? ______________________________________________

5. If yes, in what age did you try it the first time (approximately)?

A) 5-10 years D) 15-17 years

B) 10-13 years E) 17 and over

C) 13-15 years

6. How often do you drink alcohol?

А) Almost every day B) Less than three times a week

C) Less than two times a month

7. Do your parents drink (in general)?

А) No C) Yes, only mother

B) Yes, only father D) Both

8. With whom do you usually drink (the most often case)?

А) With friends from the university B) With other friend/buddies

C) With parents

9. Can you drink alone?

А) Yes, happened to be B) No

10. Do you drink to overcome a hangover?

А) Yes B) Yes, but not in the morning

C) Never

11. Do you need some reason for drinking alcohol like Birthday or another holiday?

А) Yes, always B) Not necessarily.

12. How can you classify your alcoholic consumption?

А) I have no dependency

B) I have some warnings about my dependency

C) Only psychological dependency

D) Physical dependency.

13. Do you care about the amount of alcohol you drink per day? (Several answers are possible)

А) Yes

B) No

C) No, if there is no my girlfriend/boyfriend beside me.

D) No, if my parents wouldnt see/know.

E) No, if it is a big holiday (I can allow myself)

14. What alcohol beverage do you drink in the most often case?

А) Beer

B) Cocktails (Gin-Tonic , etc.)

C) Wine, Aperitifs (Martini, Karelia ,etc.) or champaign

D) Strong alcoholic drinks (Vodka, Cognac, Scotch and etc.)

15. Have you ever tried to give up drinking?

А) Yes B) No

16. Have you ever tried to reduce the amount of alcohol consumed?

А) Yes, it worked B) Yes, it did not work

C) No

17. Would you drink less, if parents set up more strict requirements to your behaviour?

А) Yes B) No

18. Would you drink less, if they ceased to give you pocket money?

А) Yes

B) No, I would take a loan, but will drink/somebody would treat. C) No, I earn money myself.

19. Comparing with the previous year, do you drink:

А) Less/less frequent C) As much/with the same frequency

B) More/more often

20. Did alcohol affect your study results, from your point of view?

А) No B) Yes, they become better C) Yes, they become worse.

21. How did you pass the previous exams/entry exams?

A) Excellent B) Well

C) Satisfactory D) Failed

22. Why do you drink alcohol? (Several answers are possible)

А) To remove stress

B) To raise the mood

C) To support to company

D) To celebrate some holiday

E) Your variant of answer_________________________________

23. Do you care, what others think, when they see you drunken? (Except people, who know you)

А) No, if they are not policemen B) Yes

24. Have you ever had extrinsic behavioural manifestations (aggressiveness/depression) connected with the consumption of alcohol?

А) Yes B) No

25. Did you have blackouts (of a non- traumatic nature)?

А) Yes, once/sometimes B) No

26. Do you smoke?

А) Yes

B) No

27. Do you take drugs, even the weakest ones?

А) Yes, have tried once C) Yes

B) Yes, but very- very rarely D) No


The analysis of a data received.

I have got 21 male and 15 female respondents. Among these people there are only 1 men and 1 women who do not drink alcohol at all.

The attitude towards the alcohol is distributed as following: 39% - positive (among them: 13- men and only 1 woman); 39%- neutral (among them: 6 men and 8 women); 22%- simply do not like, when there is someone drunk beside them (among them: 2 men and 6 women) and none of the respondents said that their attitude is negative.



29% of male and 27% of female respondents have parents who do not drink at all. 4% of male and 13% of female students have only father who drinks (in general) and 4% and 6% respectively- only mother. The percentage of both parents drinking (in general) is 62 for men and 53 for women. This way the difference between the current and the next generation (the youth) can be shown. As we see from this data, the percentage of non-drinking parents is far from 1/21 and 1/15 (5% and 7%) of their offsprings. Most of the men drink with their friends from the university (55%) and the largest part of female responses to this question fall on the answer B)-with other friends/buddies (50%).

The next few questions I consider to be rather interesting, because they primarily deal with the alcoholic dependency and its stages. The question about drinking alone as one of a symptom of alcoholism brought up the results of 50% of male students who could do this, and only 29% of female who have also chosen this answer. Drinking to overcome a hangover is normal for 55% of men and 14% of women. Doing the same thing at any time except mornings is suitable for 15% and 7% of students respectively. And only 30% of men and 79% of women consider this to be “not their style”. Unfortunately, as much as 85% of men and 64% of women do not need a normal reason for drinking like celebrating some party, etc. Two out of 20 male respondents and two out of 14 female have doubts about their dependency and 2 men consider themselves to be psychologically dependent already.


From the graph above we can see the following interesting fact: none of the women do not care about the presence of the their boyfriends while they are drinking and male respondents do not take their parents into consideration deciding haw many drinks to have.

Here we can see the tendency of male students usually drinking beer or strong alcoholic drinks, and females usually drinking cocktails of aperitifs.

The question concerned ever trying to give up drinking and never following though was aimed to reveal one of the symptoms of the first stage of alcohol dependency. The results were: 30% of men and 14 % of women tried to do so. 25% of men and no females tried to reduce the amount of alcohol consumed and succeeded and 5% and 7% respectively tried but did not succeed in reducing it.

Only 30% of males and 7% of the females would reduce the amount consumed if their parents were stricter about their behaviour. But if they cease to give them pocket money 40% of male respondents and 43% of female respondents would do it.

Only 20% of men and 14% of women consider their study success to be dependent from the results shown on the graph above.

50% of males and 36% of females wrote, that they drink to raise their mood; 20% and 10%- to support the company; 15% and 20%- to remove the stress; 15% and 34%- to celebrate some holiday respectively.

Almost 80% of males and 21% of females said that there dont care what others (not those, whom they are aquatinted with and if they were nit policemen) would think if they saw them drunken. The answers to the question “Have you ever had extrinsic behavioural manifestations (aggressiveness/depression) connected with the consumption of alcohol?” are 35% of male respondents and 14% of female said “yes” and 65% and 86%- “no”. 40% of males and 14% of females have already got aquatinted with blackouts.


From my point of view, these results are much like the real ones, as I am also a student and I am doing the overt observation of all this every day. The situation seems to be catastrophic, and something should be done about it.

Literature used.



  1. Britannica encyclopaedia 99.
  2. Socis magazine № 5,3,8 1997 ;№ 10 1998

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