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Article

Abstract

This study evaluated the correlates of alcohol consumption, drug use, sexual behaviors, and knowledge about HIVPIDS infection among traditional college students attending a university in North Carolina. A Health Behaviors, Self-Rated Health and Quality of Life (QOL) questionnaire was administered to 447 university students. The participants in this study were all identified as traditional college students between the ages of 18 and 23, most of whom were first-year African American students.

Results from this study determined significant relationships between alcohol consumption, drug use, protective behaviors, and having sexual intercourse among traditional college students. Most importantly, this study documented statistically significant relationships between "how often a person consumed alcohol and sexual intercourse" [r(441) = .-325, p < .001], "the amount of alcohol consumed on each occasion and sexual intercourse" [r(444) = .-207, p < .001], "using a condom during sexual intercourse and the number of times a person consumed alcohol, " [r(433) = .-136, p < .001], and "using protection without any alcohol or drug influences," [r(334) = .-742, p < .001]. Findings are discussed in t m s of their implications on future research and prevention programming.