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J Med Assoc Thai. 2010 Mar;93 Suppl 3:S38-44.

Alcohol drinking behaviour and economic cost incurred by users in Khon Kaen.

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Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand. paileeklee@yahoo.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Alcohol consumption increases health risks and social consequences. It also lowers productivity resulting in economic losses for drinkers and the rest of society.

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate alcohol drinking behavior and to estimate economic cost incurred by alcohol users in Khon Kaen province in 2007.

MATERIAL AND METHOD:

A cross-sectional survey targeting the population aged 12-65 years old was conducted in 20 communities. Data were collected using full-structured questionnaires through interviews.

RESULTS:

Among 1,053 respondents, 53.0% drank alcohol sometime in their lives (95% CI: 46.1, 59.9). The percentage of individuals drinking in the past 12 months was 43.3% (95% CI: 37.1, 49.5). The average number of drinking days in past 12 months was 36.8 days. Most respondents drank for social activities, mainly with friends and relatives. Individual costs of alcohol consumption varied greatly. The weighted average cost in 2007 was 975.5 Baht per drinker. The estimated overall cost of alcohol consumption in Khon Kaen, in 2007, was 691.2 million Baht (95% CI: 280.0, 1,102.3 million), or 502.9 Baht per capita.

CONCLUSION:

More than half of the Khon Kaen population drank alcohol sometime in their lives and 43.3% were current drinkers. The average number of drinking days in past 12 months was 36.8 days. The estimated cost of alcohol consumption in Khon Kaen province was enormous.

PMID:
21299090
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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