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Table 1 Baseline characteristics and frequencies of substance use of the 3286 French college students (France; 2010–2012)

From: Prevalence of binge drinking and associated behaviours among 3286 college students in France

  Never BD (n = 1146) Occasional BD (n = 1686) Frequent BD (n = 454) Total (n = 3286) p
Age years mean (SD) 20.5 (2.5) 20.4 (2.1) 20.6 (1.9) 20.5 (2.2) 0.80
Male gender (%) 24.2 37.6 64.4 36.6 <.0001
Student job holder (%) 20.9 20.5 21.5 20.8 0.89
Study grant holder (%) 41.7 31.3 24.6 34.0 <.0001
Students living (%)      <.0001
 At parents 32.6 29.4 63.8 50.1
 In rented accommodation 42.2 52.0 23.1 29.7
 On campus 25.2 18.6 13.1 20.2
Living in couples (%) 13.9 12.8 8.9 12.6 0.01
Curriculum (%)      <.0001
 Technology 13.5 12.4 12.6 13.0
 Mixed university group 42.1 31.8 25.9 35.1
 Business School 6.2 14.9 34.8 14.3
 Engineering 17.8 20.1 15.1 18.3
 Health Care 20.4 20.8 11.3 19.3
Academic year of study (%)      0.31
 1 48.3 46.8 45.5 47.0
 2 16.4 15.8 16.7 16.3
 3 16.7 20.3 17.3 16.9
 >3 20.6 20.1 20.5 19.8
Age at first episode of drunkeness mean (SD) 17.1 (1.8) 16.7 (1.7) 15.8 (1.7) 16.6 (1.6) 0.29
Regular practice of sport (%) 57.0 64.4 72.4 63.0 0.001
Length of sleep ≤7 h (%) 43.5 46.7 54.2 46.6 0.001
 Depressiona (%)      0.003
 No 51.3 53.4 60.3 53.2
 Low 23.9 28.9 19.9 26.0
 Moderate and severe 24.8 17.7 19.8 20.8
Perceived Stress Scale (SD) 16.3 (7.4) 15.3 (7.2) 14.7 (7.0) 15.6 (7.3) 0.001
Smoker (%) 8.0 26.7 45.0 22.9 <.0001
Occasional cannabis user (%) 14.3 47.0 75.3 39.8 <.0001
Alcohol abuse problems (%) 6.6 29.0 66.5 26.6 <.0001
Risk of cyberaddiction (%) 22.7 25.9 30.5 25.4 0.008
  1. BD: Binge drinking
  2. Frequent BD: More than twice a month
  3. Occasional BD: Once a month or less
  4. Regular practice of sport: at least weekly
  5. a:data collected in 1689 students