AN EXPLORATION OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION EXPECTATIONS AMONG STUDENTS ENTERING UNIVERSITY RESIDENCES: A HEALTH PROMOTION APPROACH TO DEVELOPING SOLUTIONS
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Introduction: University students living in residence consume alcohol in a harmful way. Often this behaviour starts immediately. Little is known about the expectations of students moving into residence. Methods: Exploratory mixed methods. All data was collected using an anonymous online questionnaire. Quantitative data was analyzed using a Kendall’s-tau calculation of correlation. Qualitative data was analyzed using qualitative description. Results: All quantitative variables were found to be correlated. Student’s expectations are based on what they know about the past experiences of others as well as their own history with alcohol consumption. Predominantly students are choosing to drink in residence to feel connected to others and cope with the demands of student life. Discussion: Students have a complex relationship with alcohol. Health promotion is uniquely positioned to address this phenomenon. Conclusion: Higher education institutions like Dalhousie University should use the principles of Health Promotion as a guide to create meaningful change.