Alcohol use, psychological distress, and subjective well-being among young adult university students: A cross-national study between Serbia and Italy

Giovanni Umberto Aresi, Giovanni Piumatti, Francesco Lietz, Vesna Bjegovic-Mikanovic

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Abstract

Few studies have cross-nationally tested the mediators of the relationship between alcohol use and subjective well-being among university students. This study examined how self-reported psychological distress symptoms mediate the association between alcohol use (drinking frequency and binge-drinking frequency) and subjective well-being among 637 Serbian and 705 Italian university students. Psychological distress mediated the negative relationship between binge-drinking frequency and subjective well-being among Serbians (partial mediation) and Italians (full mediation). Drinking frequency was not associated with psychological distress or subjective well-being. Binge drinking may negatively affect subjective well-being among university students by enhancing symptoms of psychological distress.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-529
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
Volume2019/18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Health (social science)
  • Italy
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Serbia
  • mental health
  • structural equation modeling
  • well-being

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