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Alcohol disorder amongst forcibly displaced persons in northern Uganda

Alcohol use may be a coping mechanism for the stressors related to forced displacement. The aim of this study was to investigate levels and determinants of alcohol disorder amongst internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Uganda. Methods A cross-sectional survey with 1206 adult IDPs was conducted in Gulu and Amuru districts. Alcohol disorder was measured using the AUDIT instrument. Multivariate logistic regression was used to explore demographic, socio-economic, displacement and trauma exposure determinants of alcohol disorder. Findings The prevalence of probable alcohol disorder was 17% of all respondents, and 66% amongst those who drank alcohol once a month or more frequently. Factors associated with alcohol disorder included men compared to women, older age, and experiencing a higher number of traumatic events. These findings can help identify potentially vulnerable groups and target responses more effectively.

Highlights

► 80% of sample reported drinking once a month or less (63% men, 91% women). ► 17% of all sample categorised as having alcohol disorder (32% men, 7% women). ► 66% of those drinking >monthly categorised with alcohol disorder (76% men, 47% women). ► Men, older age, and exposure to traumatic events associated with harmful alcohol use.

Publisher URL: www.sciencedirect.com/science

DOI: S0306460311000906

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