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Global monitoring of average volume of alcohol consumption


Rehm, J; Eschmann, S (2002). Global monitoring of average volume of alcohol consumption. Sozial- und Präventivmedizin, 47(1):48-58.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:
To estimate the prevalence of different categories of average volume of alcohol consumption for World Health Organization (WHO) regions. To check how the monitored indicator of average volume relates to prevalence of alcohol dependence. To discuss conclusions for establishing a global monitoring system.
METHODS:
Prevalence of different categories of average volume of alcohol consumption was estimated by a triangulation of survey results, production, and sales figures. The relation between average volume of consumption and prevalence of alcohol dependence was analysed by regression techniques.
RESULTS:
Alcohol consumption varies widely by sex, age, and region. It can predict prevalence of dependence with about 74% of the variation of the latter explained.
CONCLUSIONS:
With current data, global monitoring of alcohol is possible. However, more and better surveys are necessary for the future. They should include patterns of drinking to improve prediction of other health outcomes like coronary heart disease (CHD) and accidents.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:
To estimate the prevalence of different categories of average volume of alcohol consumption for World Health Organization (WHO) regions. To check how the monitored indicator of average volume relates to prevalence of alcohol dependence. To discuss conclusions for establishing a global monitoring system.
METHODS:
Prevalence of different categories of average volume of alcohol consumption was estimated by a triangulation of survey results, production, and sales figures. The relation between average volume of consumption and prevalence of alcohol dependence was analysed by regression techniques.
RESULTS:
Alcohol consumption varies widely by sex, age, and region. It can predict prevalence of dependence with about 74% of the variation of the latter explained.
CONCLUSIONS:
With current data, global monitoring of alcohol is possible. However, more and better surveys are necessary for the future. They should include patterns of drinking to improve prediction of other health outcomes like coronary heart disease (CHD) and accidents.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2002
Deposited On:14 May 2014 08:33
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 05:01
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0303-8408
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01318406
PubMed ID:12050932

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