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The relationship between alcohol consumption and depressive symptomology in third level students

Feeney, Abbie (2019) The relationship between alcohol consumption and depressive symptomology in third level students. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Depression is a pervasive problem in society, affecting up to 4.4% of the world’s population. In Ireland, mental health problems cost over €8.2 billion annually, with rates of depression being above the European average for both men and women. Rates of depression continue to rise in the student population, with research suggesting that depressive symptoms may be brought on by excessive alcohol use. Students are suggested to be at risk for alcohol related issues, due to the frequent and excessive nature of their alcohol behaviours. This study aimed to examine the relationship between alcohol use and depressive symptoms in students. As hypothesized, those with higher alcohol consumption had higher levels of depression. Age and gender did not significantly influence either variable. Future research may utilize a more longitudinal approach, and infer causality. Third level institutes of education may better support students by providing awareness of alcohol related disorders, and the relationship between alcohol and depression. Healthier alcohol environments in these institutes may serve to improve student’s mental health, as well as academic performance.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ni Mhaicin
Date Deposited: 29 May 2019 14:58
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:58

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