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Suicidal tendencies among undergraduate students using alcohol and drugs in Makerere University

Male students walk past the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

Substance abuse has globally been estimated at 2 billion alcohol users, 1.3 billion smokers and 185 million drug users by the World Health Organization. The trend of abuse is greatly increasing in the African continent and the users have been reported to shift from mild drugs like cannabis to hard drugs like cocaine. This trend has also streamed into Uganda with a total of 85,000 drug users realized between 2010 -2014. A descriptive quantitative cross-sectional study was carried out among 200 undergraduate students using alcohol and drugs in Makerere University. Study participants were conveniently sampled, and the MINI was used to collect data regarding substance and alcohol abuse, dependence and suicide tendencies. Most of the participants were male (85%) and Protestant (46%). Among the participants, 10.5% had suicidal tendencies. At bivariate analysis, alcohol dependence, drug abuse and drug dependence were statistically significant.

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Source: College of Health Sciences (CHS)

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