Awareness and Prevalence of Alcohol Use and Its Abuse amongst the Residents of Amassoma, Bayelsa State, Nigeria

Publication Date: 18/05/2022

DOI: 10.52589/AJBMR-3D7BALV0


Author(s): Dabirilagba O. F., Boloya V. E., Tawari P. E..

Volume/Issue: Volume 5 , Issue 2 (2022)



Abstract:

Background: Alcohol use and its abuse is gradually becoming a global concern because its use is deeply rooted in many societies and cultures. In recent years there have been changes in drinking patterns across the globe with increases in the rates of consumption and drinking to excess among the general population. Nevertheless, the abuse of alcohol carries a risk of adverse health and social consequences related to its toxicity and dependence-producing properties. The abuse or harmful use of alcohol is a well-known risk factor for disability and premature mortality. This study was conducted to determine the awareness and prevalence of alcohol use and its abuse among residents of Amassoma community, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. Methods: A descriptive cross-sectional randomized study design was conducted among residents of Amassoma community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Data collection was carried out using both self-administered and interview-administered questionnaires. One hundred and fifty seven (157) respondents were selected for the study. Results: Data obtained from this study revealed that the majority of the respondents take alcohol or have taken it at one point in their life. Palm wine was the most frequently-used alcoholic beverage (21.7%), followed by beer and red wine (20.4%) which was usually taken for pleasure or during occasions/festivals. Majority of the respondents (69.4%) reported that their siblings take alcohol whereas 48.4% said their parents take alcohol in their presence.Conclusion: The risk factors for the use of the alcohol in the Amassoma community are being a female, single or young adult, cultural practices and beliefs of the populace.


Keywords:

Alcohol Consumption, Alcohol Abuse, Prevalence, Amassoma.


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