Objective: To assess the frequency of drug use among Brazilian college students and its relationship to gender and age. Methods: A nationwide sample of 12,721 college students completed a questionnaire concerning the use of drugs and other behaviors. The Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST-WHO) criteria were used to assess were used to assess hazardous drug use. A multivariate logistic regression model tested the associations of ASSIST-WHO scores with gender and age. The same analyses were carried out to measure drug use in the last 30 days. Results: After controlling for other sociodemographic, academic and administrative variables, men were found to be more likely to use and engage in the hazardous use of anabolic androgenic steroids than women across all age ranges. Conversely, women older than 34 years of age were more likely to use and engage in the hazardous use of amphetamines. Conclusions: These findings are consistent with results that have been reported for the general Brazilian population. Therefore, these findings should be taken into consideration when developing strategies at the prevention of drug use and the early identification of drug abuse among college students. © 2012 Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.
de Andrade, A. G., Duarte, P. do C. A. V., Barroso, L. P., Nishimura, R., Alberghini, D. G., & de Oliveira, L. G. (2012). Uso de álcool e outras drogas entre universitários Brasileiros: Efeitos de gênero e idade. Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria, 34(3), 294–305. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbp.2012.02.002