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Korean Journal of Preventive Medicine 2001;34(3): 277-283.
Prevalence of Hazardous and Harmful Alcohol Consumption Using Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test in Chungju Area.
Hyeongsu Kim, Sounghoon Chang, Kunsei Lee, Cheongsik Kim, Kiock Kim
1Department of Preventive Medicine.
2Department of Dentistry College of Medicine, Konkuk University.
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prevalence of hazardous and harmful alcohol use, which are a subthreshold of alcohol related disorders. METHODS: Direct-interview questionnaires to 1,183 rural persons (489 male, 694 female) were conducted in Chungju-city from July 2 to 26, 1998. As a screening instrument, the alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT) was used. RESULTS: The prevalence of alcohol use was 41.7%. In males, it was 66.3% and in females, it was 24.4%. The mean of the AUDIT score of males and females was 13.2 and 5.6, respectively. As WHO guideline, the prevalence of hazardous alcohol use in males and females was 80.3% and 20.7%, respectively. This suggests that the prevalence of 'hazardous drinking' and 'harmful drinking' was 45.4% and 29.3% for males and 1.2% and 2.4% for females, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: This study presented the prevalence of hazardous and harmful drinking of a rural population in Korea and reviewed those health problems. Further evaluation to detect and treat lower alcoholic drinkers is recommended
Key words: AUDIT; Alcohol drinking
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