Alcohol consumption practices among Nepali migrant workers in Shah Alam, Selangor

Hasanain Faisal Ghazi, and Mohammed A. AbdalQader, and Mohammed Faez Baobaid, and Indang Ariati Ariffin, and Mariam-Aisha Fatima, and Afrisya Adlina Mohd Azhar, and Muhammad Mukhlis Ma’arof, and Hasan, Tiba Nezar and Mohd Rohaizat Hassan, (2021) Alcohol consumption practices among Nepali migrant workers in Shah Alam, Selangor. International Journal of Public Health Research, 11 (2). pp. 1433-1438. ISSN 2232-0245


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Malaysia has been considered an industrialized country and there is a demand for manpower in low-skilled jobs which usually filled by migrant workers. Therefore, this study focused to identify the level of alcohol consumption and its associated factors among Nepali migrant workers in Shah Alam, Selangor. A cross-sectional study using a convenient sampling method was conducted among 233 Nepali migrant workers in Shah Alam, Selangor using a self-administered questionnaire. A validated questionnaire (The Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test) by WHO was used in the study. The results showed that 60.09% of Nepali workers consumed alcohol with most of them are in low (31.43%) and medium (29.28%) risk level for alcohol consumption. The empirical findings revealed a significant association between income, education level, and peer pressure with alcohol consumption (p value <0.001 respectively). However, the study found no association between age, marital status, years of working, and body mass index with alcohol consumption (p value= 0.44, 0.19, 0.42, 0.40 respectively). In conclusion, most Nepali migrant workers consumed alcohol but in low and medium risk severity. The results highlighted socio-demographic factors such as income and education as well as peer pressure among the important factors affecting alcohol consumption. Thus, it is important to address this issue by creating awareness by conducting health talk and campaign. This can give a clear idea to migrant workers on the health effect of alcohol consumption. More education and promotion are needed to address the health effect of excessive alcohol consumption and work productivity among migrant workers in their own language.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Working conditions; Lifestyle; Alcohol consumption; Nepali migrant worker; Selangor
Journal:International Journal of Public Health Research
ID Code:18403
Deposited By: ms aida -
Deposited On:11 Apr 2022 06:35
Last Modified:14 Apr 2022 04:33

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