Table 2

Prevalence of substance use, academic discipline and gender

Substance use (%)

Academic Discipline

Gender


F. Lang. (n = 87)

Medicine (n = 136)

Nursing School (n = 248)

Sociology (n = 260)

Men (n = 156)

Women (n = 570)


Tobacco

p < 0.001

p = 0.361


No use last month (64.9%)

78.2

77.9

59.9

58.5

61.5

65.7


Occasional use (19.6%)

13.8

17.6

22.7

19.6

19.2

19.7


Daily use last month (15.5%)

8.0

4.4

17.4

21.9

19.2

14.6


Cannabis

p < 0.001

p < 0.001


No use last year (70.7%)

83.9

71.6

75.4

61.4

52.6

75.8


≤ 1/week last year (22.0%)

12.6

34.6

21.3

24.3

31.8

19.1


> 1/week last year (7.3%)

3.4

3.7

3.3

14.3

15.6

5.1


Alcohol

p < 0.001

p < 0.001


No use last month (30.9%)

49.4

26.5

30.6

27.3

17.3

34.4


1-9 days last month (60.1%)

49.4

64.0

64.1

57.7

59.6

60.4


10+ days last month (9.0%)

1.1

9.6

5.2

15.0

23.1

5.3


Heavy episodic drinking

p < 0.001

p < 0.001


No use last month (71.5%)

89.5

65.4

71.8

68.3

51.0

77.0


1-3 times last month (21.7%)

9.3

27.9

25.0

19.3

34.2

18.3


4+ times last month (6.9%)

1.2

6.6

3.2

12.4

14.8

4.7


Note: p-values are for the Chi-square test of independence between substance use and academic discipline or gender

Riou Franca et al. BMC Public Health 2010 10:169   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-169

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