Drug and Alcohol-Related Crime Among University Students

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Objectives: The aim of the paper is to determine the approximate prevalence of drug and alcohol-related crime among university students in 7 universities in the UK and to assess whether there are differences between substance users who offend and substance users who do not offend.

Methods: Seven of the nine universities in Wales in the UK participated in a survey of drug use among students during the academic year 2015-2016. In total, 7,855 students submitted a questionnaire.

Results: The results of the study show that 10 per cent of students who used drugs and about the same percentage that used alcohol had committed substance-related crimes in the current academic year. The most prolific offenders (in relation to both drug and alcohol-related offending) were: males, students in their first year at university, those who frequently went out to socialise, and those in poor physical or mental health.

Conclusions: The paper proposes that preventative interventions should address the problem of alcohol and drug-related crime and its consequences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4489-4509
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number14
Early online date2 May 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 May 2018


  • university students
  • drug misuse
  • alcohol misuse
  • criminal behaviour
  • university
  • student
  • crime


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