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Severity of Alcohol Dependence and Correlation with Age of Onset of Drinking In Rural Adult Males, Karnataka

Author:Kusum Shrirang Mane, Sunil S Kadam

Keywords:AUDIT, SADQ, alcohol dependence.

Type:Original Article

Abstract:"Background: Alcoholism is one of the most challenging public health problem in most of the countries in-cluding India. In India it has shown a prevalence of 15-60 % for alcohol-ism. The study was conducted to determine the severity of alcohol dependence and also to determine the relationship between severity of alcohol dependence and age of on-set of drinking. Materials and Method: The study was conducted among above 18 year ols males from rural field prac-tice area attached to SSIMS & RC, Davangere. Systematic random sampling was used to select the houses. Participants were inter-viewed for socio-demographic and alcohol related information with the use of pre-tested questionnaire. Written consent was taken before starting the study. AUDIT and SADQ was used. Results: Total 265 participants were included in this study. 77% partici-pants started drinking at the age of 18-20years. 57% participants showed the mild physical depend-ence. Severity of alcohol dependence is shown in those who have started drinking in early age. Conclusion: Majority of participants were young to start drinking alcohol and early initiation of alcohol showed the mild physical depend-ence among them. "