Mood Emot 2021 Nov; 19(3): 110-118
Psychiatric Comorbidities of Hazardous Alcohol Drinking in College Students
Bowon Choi , MD, Bo-Hyun Yoon , MD, PhD, Suhee Park , MD, Kyungmin Kim , MD, Hangoeunbi Kang , MD, Young-Hwa Sea , MD, Jye-Heon Song , MD, Jungeun Bae , MD, Yuran Jeong , MD
Department of Psychiatry, Naju National Hospital, Naju, Korea
Correspondence to: Bo-Hyun Yoon, MD, PhD
Department of Psychiatry, Naju National Hospital, 1328-31, Senam-ro, Sanpo-myeon, Naju 58213, Korea
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Suhee Park, MD
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Received: October 1, 2021; Revised: October 29, 2021; Accepted: October 29, 2021; Published online: November 30, 2021.
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Background: Alcohol drinking among college students is socially permissible in Korea. However, this population’s tendency to consume alcohol excessively results in many alcohol-related problems, including psychiatric problems. This study aimed to identify the sociodemographic characteristics and psychiatric comorbidities associated with hazardous alcohol drinking among college students.
Methods: In total, 2,571 college students participated in the study. Data were collected using the Korean version of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-K), the Mood Disorder Questionnaire, the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, a modified Korean version of the 16-item Prodromal Questionnaire, the Adult Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Self-Report Scale-Version 1.1, and a stress-coping scale. Logistic regression analysis was performed on variables significantly correlated with hazardous alcohol drinking.
Results: In total, 633 students were grouped into the hazardous alcohol drinking group (AUDIT-K, ≥12). The associated variables were age (odds ratio [OR], 0.95; p<0.05), smoking (OR, 4.00; p<0.001), bipolar disorder (OR, 2.45; p<0.05), depressive disorder (OR, 1.35; p<0.05), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD; OR, 1.44; p<0.05), and problem-focused stress coping (OR, 0.97; p<0.05).
Conclusion: In this study, hazardous alcohol drinking was associated with smoking, mood disorders, and ADHD. We suggest that alcohol use among college students be carefully monitored and managed in terms of its psychiatric comorbidities.
Keywords: Alcohol drinking; College student; Comorbidity; Mood disorders; Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

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