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TEIXEIRA DA SILVA (IN MEMORIAM), Augusto César et al. Tobacco and alcohol consumption and health behaviors among nursing students. av.enferm. [online]. 2022, vol.40, n.2, pp.254-266.  Epub Jan 24, 2023. ISSN 0121-4500.


To evaluate the association between attitudes, health behaviors, and the use of tobacco and alcohol among nursing students.

Materials and method:

Exploratory, descriptive and cross-sectional study conducted with 182 undergraduate nursing students in the countryside of São Paulo, Brazil. Sociodemographic Information Form, Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test - C (AUDIT-C), Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence (FTND), Attitudes and Health Behaviors Questionnaire (AHBQ), and Patient Health Questionnaire - 2 (PHQ-2) were applied.


More than half of the students showed appropriate health behaviors and positive attitudes. Approximately 50% of the participants had consumed alcoholic beverages in the last month. Experimental use of illicit drugs and smoking were also observed. In addition, students who reported excessive alcohol use presented a deficit in self-care.


The precariousness in health attitudes and behaviors identified in this study was associated with various patterns of psychoactive substance use. Thus, the results indicate the need for interventions aimed at promoting well-being and a healthy lifestyle in the university environment.

Keywords : Nursing Students; Lifestyle; Health Behaviors; Substance-related Disorders (source: Decs, BIREME).

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