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Alcohol & drugs

Research indicates that alcohol and drugs are linked to sexual harm, so it is crucial to reduce alcohol intake around and on campus. These documents provide recommendations, policy guidance and examples of research.


  • Harmful effects of alcohol on sexual behaviour in a New Zealand university community. Cashell-Smith, M et al (2007). Drug and Alcohol Review, 26(6), 645-651. Highlights implications of alcohol and sexual contact and abuse within Aotearoa New Zealand.


  • Situational and contextual factors that increase the risk of harm when students drink: Case–control and case‐crossover investigation. Connor, J, Cousins, K et al (2014). Drug and Alcohol Review, 33(4), 401-411. Identifies the situational and contextual factors associated with unintentional injury, assault, unsafe sex, sexual assault and drink-driving/riding among university students.

  • Risky Drinking, Risky Sex: A National Study of New Zealand University Students. Connor, J, Psutka, R et al (2013). Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. 37(11), 1971-1978. Cross‐sectional web‐based survey of randomly selected university students on eight Aotearoa New Zealand campuses about drinking, partner type, condom use at last sexual intercourse, usual alcohol consumption, history of binge drinking, and alcohol‐related sexual enhancement expectancies.


  • Drinking history, current drinking and problematic sexual experiences among university students. Connor, J, Gray A et al (2010). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. Focus on prevalence of potentially harmful sexual experiences attributed to drinking in university students, association with current drinking, and the influence of past high school binge drinking and age at first drink.   

  • Prevalence and psychosocial correlates of alcohol-related sexual assault among university students. Howard, D, Griffin, M et al (2008). Adolescence, 43(172), 733. Findings suggest alcohol-related sexual assault is associated with other risk factors that deserve further attention through longitudinal research and intervention efforts.

  • Alcohol outlet density and university student drinking: a national study. Kypri, K, Bell, M et al (2008). Addiction, 103(7), 1131-1138. Positive associations between alcohol outlet density and individual drinking and related problems, after controlling for demographic variables and pre-university drinking. Increasing alcohol outlet density, and particularly off-licences, may increase alcohol-related harm among university students:

  • Drinking and Alcohol‐Related Harm Among New Zealand University Students: Findings from a National Web‐Based Survey. Kypri & Paschall et al (2009). Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, 33(2), 307-314. Estimated the prevalence of binge drinking, related harms and individual risk factors among undergraduates in New Zealand.



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