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Prevalence and socio-demographic correlates of alcohol consumption: survey findings from five states in India

Kaushalendra Kumar (), Santosh Kumar () and Anil Kumar Singh ()
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Kaushalendra Kumar: International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS)
Santosh Kumar: Department of Economics and International Business, Sam Houston State University
Anil Kumar Singh: Department of Economics, Shyam Lal College (E), University of Delhi, Delhi, India.

No 1802, Working Papers from Sam Houston State University, Department of Economics and International Business

Abstract: We investigate the association between socio-demographic characteristics and alcohol consumption in India. Analytical data were derived from household surveys conducted by the study team that included 6,088 adults in five states of India (male=3,803, female=2285). Multivariate logistic regression models were fitted to investigate the socio-demographic association with both alcohol use and types of alcoholic beverages. More than one-third of the sample respondents (38.6%, 95%CI = 29.2-48.8%) reported to be current drinkers and approximately one-fifth (21.7%, 95%CI = 4.2-31.7%) were heavy drinkers and 7.4% (95%CI = 4.6-11.6%) were heavy episodic drinkers. In multivariate analyses, age greater than 50 years (OR = 0.70, 95%CI = 0.56-0.86), being female (OR = 0.08, 95%CI = 0.06-0.09), schooling greater than 12 years (OR = 0.61, 95% CI = 0.50-0.75), owing land (OR = 0.74, 95%CI = 0.65-0.86), and living in a pucca house (OR = 0.85, 95% CI = 0.74-0.98) were negatively associated with current drinking status. Higher income (OR = 1.30, 95%CI = 1.08-0.57) and living in urban areas (OR = 1.54, 95%CI = 1.33-1.78) were positively associated with current drinking. Substantial differences in the socio-demographic correlates of alcohol use and types of alcoholic beverages exist in India. Intervention and prevention strategies should include drinkers characteristic as well.

Keywords: Alcohol use; Socio-demographic determinants; Country liquor; Home-brewed; India. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A1 I1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2018-03
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