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Addict Behav. 2011 Aug;36(8):870-3. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.03.006. Epub 2011 Apr 9.

Alcohol disorder amongst forcibly displaced persons in northern Uganda.

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Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 15-17 Tavistock Place, London, United Kingdom. bayard.roberts@lshtm.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Alcohol use may be a coping mechanism for the stressors related to forced displacement. The aim of this study was to investigate levels and determinants of alcohol disorder amongst internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Uganda.

METHODS:

A cross-sectional survey with 1206 adult IDPs was conducted in Gulu and Amuru districts. Alcohol disorder was measured using the AUDIT instrument. Multivariate logistic regression was used to explore demographic, socio-economic, displacement and trauma exposure determinants of alcohol disorder.

FINDINGS:

The prevalence of probable alcohol disorder was 17% of all respondents, and 66% amongst those who drank alcohol once a month or more frequently. Factors associated with alcohol disorder included men compared to women, older age, and experiencing a higher number of traumatic events. These findings can help identify potentially vulnerable groups and target responses more effectively.

PMID:
21481540
PMCID:
PMC3102180
DOI:
10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.03.006
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