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The measurement of drinking patterns and alcohol problems in Nigeria.
J Subst Abuse 2000; 12(1-2):169-81JS

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.

Authors+Show Affiliations

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

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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TY - JOUR T1 - The measurement of drinking patterns and alcohol problems in Nigeria. A1 - Obot,I S, PY - 2001/4/6/pubmed PY - 2001/7/31/medline PY - 2001/4/6/entrez SP - 169 EP - 81 JF - Journal of substance abuse JO - J Subst Abuse VL - 12 IS - 1-2 N2 - 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. SN - 0899-3289 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11288469/The_measurement_of_drinking_patterns_and_alcohol_problems_in_Nigeria_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0899-3289(00)00047-X DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -