Prevalence and correlates of alcohol consumption in Northeast states, India (evidence from district levels household survey: 2012-13)
Keywords:Alcohol consumption, DLHS-4, Northeast
Background: Despite the increased awareness of adverse effects of alcohol consumption, India is a one of the countries with high prevalence of alcohol use. The third round of National Family Health Survey (2005-06) estimated that 32% men consume alcohol. Evidence suggests the magnitude of alcohol use is likely to be higher among Northeast who residing in adverse geographical settings. The objective of the study was to analyzed prevalence and determinants of alcohol use in Northeast states, India.
Methods: The study using data from the fourth round of District Level Household Survey (2012-13). The outcome variables included in the study was alcohol consumption. The study used bivariate and multivariate to determine the prevalence, differentials and determinants of alcohol consumption.
Results: The result shows that alcohol consumption was significantly high among the young age group of 25-34 years. The prevalence of alcohol consumption was high among male as compared to female and alcohol consumption is slightly low among more educated person. Alcohol consumption was high in Meghalaya and Mizoram as compared to other Northeast states.Conclusions: We conclude by this study that, the prevalence of alcohol consumption in Northeast was very high and alarming. There are really an important health concerns and they need to be counselled about the ill effect of alcohol consumption. Establishment of de-addiction centers or strong referral to de-addiction centers among those consuming alcohol is a might be a novel step for well-being of Northeast people. Government specially, Doctors and media should play their roles and spread information regarding harmful effects of alcohol consumption.