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Alcohol use in South Sudan in relation to social factors, mental distress and traumatic events

dc.contributor.authorLien, Larsen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHauff, Edvarden_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMartinez, Priscillaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorEide, Arne Hen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSwartz, Leslieen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorAyazi, Tourajen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-23T12:08:48Z
dc.date.available2017-01-23T12:08:48Z
dc.date.issued2016-09-06
dc.identifier.citationLien, L. et al. 2016. Alcohol use in South Sudan in relation to social factors, mental distress and traumatic events. BMC Public Health, 16:937, doi:10.1186/s12889-016-3605-9.
dc.identifier.issn1471-2458 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1186/s12889-016-3605-9
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/100498
dc.descriptionCITATION: Lien, L. et al. 2016. Alcohol use in South Sudan in relation to social factors, mental distress and traumatic events. BMC Public Health, 16:937, doi:10.1186/s12889-016-3605-9.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com
dc.description.abstractENGLISH SUMMARY : Background: Alcohol use is a major public health problem with vast implications for poor, war-torn countries. The objective of this study was to describe prevalence of alcohol use and risky drinking across socio-demographic factors in South Sudan, and to determine the association between risky drinking, traumatic events and mental distress. Methods: This is a randomized, population based, cross-sectional study from the north-western part of South Sudan with nearly 500 participants. We used the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) as main outcome variable, the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) for mental distress and five questions to assess traumatic events. Results: the mean AUDIT score was 2.7 (SD 0.3) with 14,2 % in the high risk problem drinking category. Being male, lack of a regular income and psychological distress were significantly associated with higher AUDIT score. Traumatic events, however, was not associated with higher score on AUDIT. Conclusion: Despite decades of civil war and great poverty the alcohol use in this population was at the same level as other countries in Southern Africa. Traumatic events were not related to risk of problem drinking.
dc.description.urihttp://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-016-3605-9
dc.format.extent7 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherBioMed Central
dc.subjectDrinking of alcoholic beverages -- South Sudanen_ZA
dc.subjectAlcoholism -- Psychological aspectsen_ZA
dc.subjectSouth Sudan -- Social conditionsen_ZA
dc.subjectPsychic trauma -- Psychological aspectsen_ZA
dc.subjectDistress (Psychology)en_ZA
dc.subjectPoverty -- Psychological aspectsen_ZA
dc.titleAlcohol use in South Sudan in relation to social factors, mental distress and traumatic eventsen_ZA
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2016-12-09T12:02:30Z
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