International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Influence of some Factors on Alcohol Use and Abuse among Education Students of Osun State University, Nigeria
Onongha, G. I.

Many of the students in Nigerian higher institutions are adolescents and some of them engage in various risky behaviours such as smoking, reckless driving, premarital and indiscriminate sexual activities, alcohol abuse. The study examined the influence of some factor on alcohol use and abuse among Education students of Osun State University. Data were obtained through the administration of questionnaire to one hundred and thirty-eight students. Data obtained were analyzed using both descriptive and inferential tools. The multiple regression analysis (MRA) result indicated that 34.8 per cent of the students’ alcohol use and abuse are explained by parental lifestyle and peer influence. The ANOVA result further revealed that parental lifestyle and peer influence impact significantly on the frequency of alcohol use (F-ratio of 4.778, p<0.05); it also revealed that parental attachment and commitment to conventional activities influence students’ frequency of alcohol use and abuse (F-ratio of 5.528, p<0.05). The study also revealed that parents and peer exercise enormous influence on students’ alcohol use because they are seen as models, while students with strong commitments to conventional activities such as reading books, sports and religious activities will not want to jeopardize them by engaging in deviant behaviour. To reduce this phenomenon, conventional activities that would engage students from risky behaviour are suggested to be put in place on Nigerian University campuses. The study also suggested that parents should develop strong bond with their children to enable them have confidence and see them as friends to share problems with.

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