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JANUARY 28, 2017
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A recent survey by the University of Cambridge, involving more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, has presented a number of alcohol-related statistics, such as the fact that while almost 30% of students do not drink, a similar percentage drink more than the recommended weekly limit.
The mix of gender (52% female, 48% male) and level of study (67% undergraduate and 33% postgraduate) of survey respondents reflects the makeup of the Cambridge student body and has allowed the university to compare results with those obtained by the National Union of Students (NUS) in 2016 from students at 21 higher education institutions in the UK.
The Cambridge survey showed that 25% of Cambridge students drink to get drunk regularly, with students generally citing various reasons for drinking. This included having fun (73%), to relax after a hard day (42%), peer pressure (20%), social routine (36%), and to overcome anxiety (18%).
21% of students reported sexual harassment (drinkers and non-drinkers), with 74% of those believing that alcohol had, in some way, been a factor. A high proportion of students overall felt there was a need for more alcohol-free spaces (40%)
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