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Table 1 Characteristics of students who self-reported as drinking alcohol in the past year

From: Inaccuracies in survey reporting of alcohol consumption

Characteristics, N (%) or median (IQR)TotalAustraliaUSAP-value
 N = 407(%)N = 122 (%)N = 285 (%) 
Gendera   0.127j
 Male103 (25.31)37 (30.33)66 (23.16) 
 Female304 (74.69)85 (69.67)219 (76.84) 
Year of Programb   < 0.001k
 1st Year127 (31.28)54 (44.26)73 (25.7) 
 2nd Year75 (18.47)30 (24.59)45 (15.85) 
 3rd Year113 (27.83)29 (23.77)84 (29.58) 
 4th Year +91 (22.41)9 (7.38)82 (28.87) 
Program Typec   < 0.001k
 Undergraduate401 (98.53)116 (95.08)285 (100.00) 
 Postgraduate6 (1.47)6 (4.92)0 (0.00) 
Type of Drinkerd   0.005k
 Occasional drinker108 (26.54)41 (33.61)67 (23.51) 
 Light drinker29 (7.13)13 (10.66)16 (5.61) 
 Party/Social drinker259 (63.64)63 (51.54)196 (68.77) 
 Heavy drinker9 (2.21)5 (4.10)4 (1.40) 
 Ex-drinker2 (0.49)0 (0.00)2 (0.70) 
Agee - mean (SD)20.98 (3.47)22.25 (4.25)20.43 (2.92)< 0.001l
Age of first drinkf – mean (SD)16 .37 (1.82)16.24 (1.76)16.43 (1.82)0.346l
AUDIT-Cg - mean (SD)4.53 (2.78)4.43 (2.78)4.58 (2.04)0.544l
Type of drinkh
 Full strength beer146 (35.87)38 (31.15)108 (37.89)0.215k
 Low strength beer or Wine-cooler66 (16.22)5 (4.10)61 (21.4)< 0.001k
 Wine143 (35.14)61 (50.00)82 (28.77)< 0.001k
 Champagne61 (14.99)27 (22.13)34 (11.93)0.010k
 Cider102 (25.06)52 (42.62)50 (17.54)< 0.001k
 Soda or Premix139 (34.15)43 (35.25)96 (33.68)0.820k
 Spirits228 (56.02)63 (51.64)165 (57.89)0.276k
 Liquers49 (12.04)14 (11.48)35 (12.28)0.870k
 Other8 (91.97)3 (2.46)5 (1.75)0.701k
Location where drink consumedi
 Home188 (46.19)188 (59.84)115 (40.35)< 0.001k
 Friend’s place223 (54.79)72 (59.02)151 (52.98)0.278k
 House party247 (60.69)75 (61.48)172 (60.35)0.912k
 Rave party95 (23.34)30 (24.59)65 (22.81)0.703k
 Cafe89 (21.87)43 (35.25)46 (16.14)< 0.001k
 Licensed premises157 (38.57)89 (72.95)68 (23.86)< 0.001k
 University116 (28.50)16 (13.11)100 (35.09)< 0.001k
 Workplace9 (2.21)5 (4.10)4 (1.40)0.135k
 Public place24 (5.90)7 (5.74)17 (5.96)1.000k
 Car10 (2.46)2 (1.64)8 (2.81)0.730k
 Other5 (1.23)2 (1.64)3 (1.05)0.638k
  1. an(Gender) = 407; bn(Year of Program) = 406; cn(Program Type) = 407; dn(Type of Drinker) = 407; en(Age) = 407; fn(Drinking Age Commencement) = 407; gn(AUDIT-C) = 405; hn(Type of drink) = 407; in(Location where Drink consumed) = 407; jPearson’s Chi-squared test; kFisher’s exact test; lMann-Whitney U-test; jlIndependent t-test