Alcohol misuse in patients attending a defence force general medical clinic
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Alcohol misuse may come to be recognized as one of the most significant public health concerns facing South Africa over the next few years. This is a direct result of alcohol's impact on the health services, the economy, and the South African society as a whole. Alcohol misuse is common world-wide and in South Africa there is an estimated prevalence of 10% of alcohol dependence in the adult population. However, relatively few studies have been published on drinking patterns in South Africa. With regards to adults, epidemiological studies in recent years have also focussed almost entirely on the black and coloured population while they are not the only groups who have high levels of risky drinking.