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The measurement of drinking patterns and alcohol problems in Nigeria.

Abstract

As in most other societies, alcoholic beverages have been consumed in what is present-day Nigeria for a long time. Before the arrival of western factory-made drinks, alcohol consumption was limited to a variety of beverages produced from palm trees and food grains. Today, beer has become the most popular drink in the country but traditional beverages (palm wine, burukutu, ogogoro, pito) are still widely consumed in both rural and urban areas. Though research has shown that heavy drinking seems to be the norm among those who drink any type of alcohol, there is no clear association between drinking and social or health problems. On the other hand, certain types of beverages are linked with positive attributes. Despite their potential significance, these and other issues have not received the attention they deserve in the alcohol research literature on Nigeria and other African countries. The focus of this paper is on the need to take into consideration relevant measurement issues (e.g., container and serving size, alcohol contents, drinking expectancies, perceived risks associated with the consumption of different types of alcoholic beverages, as well as reasons for drinking) in alcohol research. It is suggested that a better understanding of these and related factors is necessary for the advancement of alcohol epidemiology in the country.

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    Department of Mental Hygiene, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, 624 North Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA. iobot@jhsph.edu

    Source

    Journal of substance abuse 12:1-2 2000 pg 169-81

    MeSH

    Adult
    Aged
    Alcohol Drinking
    Alcohol-Related Disorders
    Alcoholic Beverages
    Cross-Sectional Studies
    Data Collection
    Developing Countries
    Female
    Health Surveys
    Humans
    Incidence
    Male
    Middle Aged
    Nigeria

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    11288469

    Citation

    Obot, I S.. "The Measurement of Drinking Patterns and Alcohol Problems in Nigeria." Journal of Substance Abuse, vol. 12, no. 1-2, 2000, pp. 169-81.
    Obot IS. The measurement of drinking patterns and alcohol problems in Nigeria. J Subst Abuse. 2000;12(1-2):169-81.
    Obot, I. S. (2000). The measurement of drinking patterns and alcohol problems in Nigeria. Journal of Substance Abuse, 12(1-2), pp. 169-81.
    Obot IS. The Measurement of Drinking Patterns and Alcohol Problems in Nigeria. J Subst Abuse. 2000;12(1-2):169-81. PubMed PMID: 11288469.
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