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Drug Alcohol Rev. 2010 Sep;29(5):557-62. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2010.00177.x.

Problem drinking among married men in India: comparison between husband's and wife's reports.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO 63108, USA.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND AIMS:

This study compared the husband's report and wife's report of her husband's problem drinking, among residents of an urban slum in Bangalore, India.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

The data come from a feasibility study to prevent HIV infection among at-risk women in Bangalore. Household enumeration was carried out (n = 509) to choose 100 married men between 18 and 50 years who reported problem drinking (scores 8 and above) on the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT). Wives of these married men, considered to be at risk for HIV because of their husband's hazardous drinking, were subsequently recruited for the study (n = 100). Written informed consent was obtained; wives were asked about the drinking history of their husbands through the AUDIT-WR (Wife's Report) developed for the present study.

RESULTS:

Prevalence of problem drinking in the enumerated sample (n = 509) was high (n = 186; 37%). The husband's report and his wife's report of his problem drinking was concordant (r = 0.57-0.75) on eight out of 10 items, and the total AUDIT score.

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS:

The AUDIT-WR is a reliable and culturally relevant measure of husband's problem drinking. In India, men with problem drinking are hard to reach. Therefore, proxy report of the wife may be useful when the husband is either unavailable or uncooperative for assessment.

PMID:
20887581
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PMCID:
PMC2951296
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