Accessibility and Consumption of Alcoholic Drinks in Metro Manila Colleges and Universities

  • Paulo Ma. N. Pagkatipunan
Keywords: college drinking, underage drinking, binge drinking


Objective. Alcohol consumption of university students in Metro Manila was determined and compared to other countries in the region and in the West.

Methods. A survey of students from ten randomly selected public and private universities in Metro Manila was done.

Results. A total of 2,930 students participated, 46.1% from public schools and 58.9% were female. Of the total students, 81.6% had drank an alcoholic drink in their lifetime; and 15.6% drank beer, 22.5% drank wine and 11.4% drank distilled spirits before they were 13 years old. For the past 30 days, 30.2% drank beer, 30.8% distilled spirit and 18.7% wine; 16.9%, 7.4% and 19.7% binged on beer, wine and distilled spirits, respectively; and 29.1% got drunk. Five percent of the students had drank inside their school. Of those who drove any motorized vehicle, 28.9% drove when they had drank and of those who use prohibited drugs, 66.7% mixed the two. Thirty one percent said they tried to quit drinking in the past 12 months and 7.5% admitted they have a drinking problem.

Conclusion. Alcohol consumption of Metro Manila students approximates those of other countries. For policy and monitoring purposes, it is recommended that this survey be done regularly with a nationwide scope and compare this with other countries for best practices.