Ákos Erdős

Hazardous alcohol consumption among law enforcement students

Hazardous alcohol consumption among law enforcement students


Aim: Aim of this study is to estiminate the prevalence of hazardous alcohol consumption among law enforcement cadets and dual-status students (hereinafter called: law enforcement students) in Hungarian higher education.
Methodology: A questionnaire survey was conducted among law enforcement students at the Faculty of Law Enforcement of the University of Public Service (N=201). The student status adjusted sample (N=180) was 57.2% male (n=103) and 42.8% female (n=77). We used the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), which is frequently used in national and international research and has a high rater reliability.
Findings: The lifetime prevalence of alcohol consumption among law enforcement students is 98.8% (n=178). The majority of law enforcement students (62.4%, n=111) were classified as low-risk drinkers/abstainers based on their AUDIT scores (x < 8). However, more than a third of law enforcement students (37.6%) were found to have scores indicating at risk drinking (x ≥ 8). The results of the study demonstrate that there is a significant association between heavy episodic drinking and gender (p: 0.026020084, p ≤ 0.05).
Value: Results of this study suggest that the organisation of prevention programmes, brief interventions and regular monitoring of drug use among law enforcement students should be considered.


alcohol consumption, law enforcement students, investigation, research