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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 9  |  Page : 1-6

Alcohol consumption among the rural residents of Sriperambudur Taluk

Chennai Dental Research Foundation, Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, Chennai 600004, India

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Objective: To find out the prevalence of alcohol consumption among the rural residents of Sriperambudur Taluk: Methods: A community-based survey was conducted in two villages and their colonies being randomly selected from 168 villages. Data was collected using pre tested semi structured questionnaire from 500 residents of the study population. The survey was conducted for a period of two months. Results: The study participants were more likely to initiate alcohol consumption habit by 25 years of age. 28% of the study participants consume alcoholic beverages, out of which about 11% of them consume only alcoholic beverages. Alcohol consumption was higher among male study subjects compared to females. 91.5% of the study participants, who consume alcoholic beverages, consume commercially available products. The community considers consumption of alcoholic beverages to be the most harmful habit draining the community health and wealth. Discussion: There seems to be an increasing trend in the prevalence of alcohol consumption. Community also perceives it to be a harmful habit. Thus effective interventions should be targeted towards high-risk sub population of the community to decrease the prevalence of alcohol consumption in rural Tamilnadu.

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