Prevalence of Alcohol Consumption and Knowledge About Alcohol at Bhimtar, Sindhupalchowk

  • Naresh Manandhar Department of Community Medicine, Kathmandu Medical College, Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Marina Vaidya Shrestha Department of Community Medicine, Kathmandu Medical College, Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Sunil Kumar Joshi Department of Community Medicine, Kathmandu Medical College, Sinamangal, Kathmandu, Nepal

Abstract

Introduction: Alcohol causes several health problems, economic and social consequences across the


world. Nepal is a multicultural and multi-ethnic country with an ambivalent regarding alcohol use


according to social, religious and cultural values. Alcohol use is very common and easily available


everywhere in Nepal. Objective of study is to find the prevalence of alcohol consumption and


knowledge of alcohol among people at Bhimtar.


Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted on a total of 369 households, age above 20 years


of Bhimtar, Sindhupalchowk district on November 2016. 41 households were selected using cluster


sampling from all nine wards of Bhimtar village development committee.


Results: The prevalence of alcohol consumption was 232 (62.9%) in which 144 (77.4%) of males and


88 (48.1%) of females. There was 3.3 times more chance of consuming alcohol in male than female.


Majority 137 (37%) consumed Raksi followed by Jaand/Chhyang 115 (31.3% ) and mix 97 (26.4%).


On knowledge of alcohol consumption, 280 (75.9 %) and 288 (78.0%) of current drinker opined that


it would effects own health and on the family respectively. After drinking alcohol 118 (31.9%) felt it


relieved tiredness followed by felt better 103 (28%) and reduced stress 70 (18.9%). It affects heart and


damage liver said by 72 (19.4%) and 59 (16%) respectively. There were family conflict after drinking


alcohol replied by 132 (35.8%). They have good knowledge about the affect of alcohol on pregnant


women. Only 50 (13.5%) of respondent expressed that it can be given to pregnant women.


Conclusions: The prevalence of alcohol consumption was very high. There is markedly differed


in alcohol consumption by sex. It is affecting their health and family. Consumption of alcohol is


financial burden and makes conflict in the family, which will also make psychological affect on their


children. There is significant difference in knowledge of harm on alcohol consumption by education


status. It is essential to plan and develop a specific health education program among these at-risk


populations for prevention of alcohol consumption.


Keywords: current drinker; economic burden; ever drinker; family conflict; initiation.

Published
2017-09-30
How to Cite
MANANDHAR, Naresh; SHRESTHA, Marina Vaidya; JOSHI, Sunil Kumar. Prevalence of Alcohol Consumption and Knowledge About Alcohol at Bhimtar, Sindhupalchowk. Journal of Nepal Medical Association, [S.l.], v. 56, n. 207, p. 293-297, sep. 2017. ISSN 1815-672X. Available at: <http://jnma.com.np/jnma/index.php/jnma/article/view/3271>. Date accessed: 23 oct. 2017.