Alcohol use and binge drinking among men who have sex with men in China: Prevalence and correlates.Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 09 01; 202:61-68.DA
Both alcohol use/misuse and HIV incidence are increasing among men who have sex with men (MSM) in China. Little is known about predictors of alcohol use/misuse.
An online nationwide sample (n = 1100) of MSM from mainland China was recruited between 2014 and 2015. The study objective was to examine the prevalence of a history of alcohol use and frequency of binge drinking in the previous 6 months in this population and assess their relationship with psychological and public health issues.
Nearly 62.1% of respondents reported a history of alcohol use; 30.7% were current infrequent binge drinkers; and 13.6% were current frequent binge drinkers. Adjusted logistic models showed that MSM who reported a history of alcohol use were more likely to report drug use in the previous 6 months (AOR = 1.67); higher levels of internalized homophobia (AOR = 1.49); and partial or full disclosure of their sexual orientation (AOR = 1.46). MSM engaging in current frequent binge drinking were more likely to report female sexual partners (AOR = 2.04) and drug use (AOR = 1.61) in the previous 6 months; higher levels of sexual sensation seeking (AOR = 1.68); and higher levels of homosexual stigma (AOR = 1.69). MSM who reported being unsure of their HIV status were less likely to be current frequent binge drinkers (AOR = 0.46).
A high prevalence of a history of alcohol use and binge drinking exists among Chinese MSM. Strategies that target alcohol use/misuse in this population are needed.