PREVALENCE OF ALCOHOL USE BY RURAL PRIMARY CARE OUTPATIENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA1

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Abstract

In a primary care outpatient sample of 600 rural South Africans 37.4% of men and 10.7% of women were identified as hazardous drinkers, and 9.2% of men and 0.3% of women met criteria for probable alcohol dependence or harmful drinking as defined by AUDIT. Logistic multiple regression identified men and being single, divorced, or widowed as predictors for hazardous and harmful drinking.

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