Alcohol use in South Africa: Findings from the first Demographic and Health Survey (1998)

Parry, Charles D. H., Pluddemann, Andreas, Steyn, Krisela, Bradshaw, Debbie, Norman, Rosana and Laubscher, Ria (2005) Alcohol use in South Africa: Findings from the first Demographic and Health Survey (1998). Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 66 1: 91-97.

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Author Parry, Charles D. H.
Pluddemann, Andreas
Steyn, Krisela
Bradshaw, Debbie
Norman, Rosana
Laubscher, Ria
Title Alcohol use in South Africa: Findings from the first Demographic and Health Survey (1998)
Journal name Journal of Studies on Alcohol   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0096-882X
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 66
Issue 1
Start page 91
End page 97
Total pages 7
Place of publication Piscataway, NJ, USA
Publisher Alcohol Research Documentation
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study formed part of the 1998 South African Demographic and Health Survey, which included questions assessing the extent of alcohol use, risky drinking and alcohol problems among South Africans to obtain up-to-date baseline estimates of consumption and risky drinking and to inform intervention efforts.

A two-stage random sample of 13,826 persons ages 15 or older (59% women) was included in the survey. Alcohol use was assessed through eight questions, including the CAGE questionnaire. Frequency analyses for different age groups, geographic setting, education level, population group and gender were calculated, as were odds ratios for these variables in relation to symptoms of alcohol problems.

Current alcohol consumption was reported by 45% of the men and 17% of the women. White men (71%) were most likely and Asian women (9%) least likely to be current drinkers. Urban residents were more likely than nonurban dwellers to report current drinking. One third of the current drinkers reported risky drinking over weekends, and 28% of the men and 10% of the women scored above the cutoff level on the CAGE questionnaire. Symptoms of alcohol problems were significantly associated with lower socioeconomic status, no school education in women and being older than 25 years of age.

A comprehensive strategy is required to address the high levels of risky drinking and reported symptoms of alcohol problems. (J. Stud. Alcohol 66: 91-97, 2005)
Keyword Cage questionnaire
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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