Factors Affecting Alcohol Consumption: The Case of Penang, Malaysia

Yong, Kang Cheah (2014) Factors Affecting Alcohol Consumption: The Case of Penang, Malaysia. Jurnal Sains Kesihatan Malaysia, 12 (2). pp. 45-51. ISSN 1675-8161


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In light of the increases in alcohol-induced diseases and social problems, the present study sets out to examine the factors affecting alcohol consumption among adults in Penang (Malaysia) using a cross-sectional survey sample consisting of 398 respondents. The results of the logistic regression analysis show that age, gender, ethnicity, marital status and smoking are signifi cantly associated with alcohol consumption. In particular, males (OR: 3.720; 95% CI: 1.939, 7.136), Chinese (OR: 3.628; 95% CI: 1.808, 7.279) and smokers (OR: 5.083; 95% CI: 1.876, 13.774) are more likely to consume alcohol than others, whereas, old individuals (OR: 0.971; 95% CI: 0.941, 1.002), Malays (OR: 0.059; 95% CI: 0.021, 0.165) and married individuals (OR: 0.419; 95% CI: 0.211, 0.833) are less likely to consume alcohol than others. Based on the fi ndings of the present study, several intervention strategies toward reducing alcohol consumption are proposed. Specifi cally, these strategies should be targeted at young individuals, males, Chinese, unmarried individuals and smokers.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Alcohol; demography; drinking; health; lifestyle
Subjects:R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Journal:Jurnal Sains Kesihatan Malaysia
ID Code:8539
Deposited By: Mr. Al-Hapiz
Deposited On:06 May 2015 02:51
Last Modified:14 Dec 2016 06:47

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