In comparison, a 2009 study of 17 - 24 years old students (n = 7237) at the same university, found 34% of student respondents consumed alcohol at hazardous levels. Students who did not participate in paid employment were more likely to report low risk drinking compared to hazardous levels of consumption (69.1% vs 30.9%). In addition, this study confirms an association between mental health problems and levels of alcohol consumption and informs the need for the inclusion of mental health strategies on campus. ���ٲW 8�~�wo�X dHW4��. The social identity scale uses a five level rating system (1 = very much to 5 = not applicable); higher social identity scores reflect a lower level social identity with the people around them [46] . ethnicity, class standing, and where they live) and the revised Social Connectedness Scale (SCS-R). Students who reported no personal study per week were more likely to report hazardous drinking (54.8%) (Table 1). For example amongst students, consuming alcohol has been linked to reducing anxiety involved in social situations and to improve their attractiveness to others [11] , a way of reducing or escaping negative emotions such as stress, anger or conflict [11] [12] and to fit in with peers [6] [10] . The need to belong and form social bonds is a significant motivator of behavior [22] . The initial email coincided with the release of semester one results. Quantitative data were collected from a random cross sectional sample of undergraduate students aged 18 to 24 years, enrolled at the main university campus. Intended age range: This scale has been used with adolescents from Grade 8 upwards and is most appropriate for adolescent populations. Table 1 shows the results of the initial univariate analysis comparing respondents who reported low risk and hazardous AUDIT scores to key demographic variables. Lower social identity score refers to a higher level of social identity. The social connectedness scale includes eight items consist-ing of a six level rating system (1 = agree to 6 = disagree); measuring connected-ness (4 items), companionship (3 items) and affiliation (1 item). The authors acknowledge participants of this study who gave their time to complete the survey, the Curtin Office for Strategy and Planning and health promotion students for help in administering the survey. The focus is on long-distance interactions, investigating the (i) challenges addressed and strategies applied; (ii) technology used in interventions; and (iii) social interactions enabled. Students who participated in university and community sport were approximately 1.4 and 1.6 times more likely to be hazardous drinkers respectively. (2006). Methods. This study was based at the Collaboration for Evidence, Research and Impact in Public Health. This study found that high levels of social connectedness predicted hazardous alcohol consumption. Students who participated in 11 - 20+ hours of paid employment were more likely to report hazardous drinking (43.3%). Two follow up emails were sent to the students after the initial invitation. Respondents were enrolled in the following Faculties: Health Science (36.2%), Science and Engineering (22.3%), Humanities (21.4%), Business (18.4%) and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies (0.2%). . This paper compares key factors for low risk and hazardous drinkers from a random cross sectional sample of 18 - 25 years old Western Australian university students. Despite these finding, recent studies have indicated that female and male drinking levels among this target group are converging [13] [14] . The social identity scale uses a The high prevalence of hazardous alcohol consumption and mental health problems among university students along with the potential for the university as a setting for health promotion prompted this study. Another Australian university study found 46.6% of 18 - 24 years old consumed alcohol at hazardous levels using the same binary analysis of low risk and hazardous AUDIT scores as this study [49] . International students (88.2%) (p < 0.001) were more likely to participate in low risk drinking behavior. h�bbd```b``>"�A$�'��_ y&��HV}�JM0{�dYfg��`�,��4�d�U�"Uf�Ȕ�%$#�@l� 6�D����ma��L�� A$�1 ���FF.� �Ä���x�@� �+� Effect of predictors on hazardous compared to low risk drinking. 2.1.2.2. The majority of the student sample (n = 1905; 87%), reported to have consumed alcohol in the past 12 months.