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Alcohol consumption amongst young adults living in a low socioeconomic status community in Cape Town

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Abstract:

Our aim was to ascertain the extent of risky alcohol consumption amongst young adults living in a low socioeconomic status community in Cape Town, South Africa. We used a cross-sectional survey design and the street intercept method to administer the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT). A key finding in this study was that 54.30% of male and 47.90% of the female participants were alcohol dependent, according to the classification criteria set out in the AUDIT. Our finding necessitates further investigations into alcohol consumption amongst young adults in South Africa. In addition, researchers should endeavor not only to identify, but also to understand, the dynamics of risk and resilience factors so that this information could be used to develop intervention initiatives that could mediate young adults' initial consumption of alcohol.

Keywords: ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE; ALCOHOL USE DISORDERS IDENTIFICATION TEST; POVERTY; SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS; SOUTH AFRICA; YOUNG ADULTS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2013.41.6.971

Publication date: July 1, 2013

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