Religious beliefs and practice, and alcohol use in Thai men

Assanangkornchai, Sawitri, Conigrave, Katherine M. and Saunders, John B. (2002) Religious beliefs and practice, and alcohol use in Thai men. Alcohol And Alcoholism, 37 2: 193-197. doi:10.1093/alcalc/37.2.193

Author Assanangkornchai, Sawitri
Conigrave, Katherine M.
Saunders, John B.
Title Religious beliefs and practice, and alcohol use in Thai men
Journal name Alcohol And Alcoholism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0735-0414
Publication date 2002-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/alcalc/37.2.193
Volume 37
Issue 2
Start page 193
End page 197
Total pages 5
Editor Gian L. Gessa
Abdulla Badawy
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Subject C1
321021 Psychiatry
730211 Mental health
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract Buddhism, the Thai state religion, teaches that use of intoxicants should be avoided. Nonetheless, many Thai people drink alcohol, and a proportion are alcohol-dependent or hazardous or harmful drinkers. This study examines the relationship between Buddhist upbringing and beliefs and alcohol use disorders in Thai men. Three groups, comprising 144 non/infrequent/light drinkers, 77 hazardous/harmful drinkers and 91 alcohol dependents were inter-viewed regarding their early religious life and current religious practices and beliefs. No protective association was shown between early religious life and later alcohol use disorders, indeed, having lived as a buy in a temple for a period was commoner in those with adult alcohol problems. Few subjects reported frequent involvement in current religious activities (9, 8 and 6% in the non/infrequent/light drinkers, hazardous/harmful drinkers, and alcohol dependents respectively). Hazardous/harmful drinkers [odds ratio (OR) = 0.4, 95% confidence interval (0) = 0.2-0.9] and alcohol dependents (OR = 0.5, 95% Cl = 0.2-0.9) were less likely to report being moderately to strongly religious, than were non/infrequent/light drinkers, Understanding the association between religious beliefs and drinking behaviour can potentially assist in the development of prevention and treatment programmes.
Keyword Substance Abuse
Q-Index Code C1

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