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Alcohol-Related Social Consequences in Castille and Leon, Spain


  • This study was supported by grants from the Consejería de Familia e Igualdad de Oportunidades, Junta de Castilla y León, and from the Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Redes Temáticas de Investigación Cooperativa, Red de Trastornos Adictivos G03/005.

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Background: The purpose of this study was to examine the prevalence of alcohol-related social problems, as well as to assess the relationship between alcohol-related social problems and patterns of alcohol consumption in the general population during the year 2004.

Methods: A total of 2,500 individuals, age range from 14 to 70 years, in Castille and Leon, Spain, were surveyed in 2004 for their patterns of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related social consequences during the previous year.

Results: Participants who admitted to having had some kind of social problem related to the consumption of alcohol in the previous year were 6.5%, with a mean of 2.4 alcohol-related social problems. The most frequent problems cited were “argument, discussion, or serious conflict without physical aggression” (3%).

Conclusions: The present study shows that the reporting of alcohol-related social problems was quite frequent and that having alcohol-related social problems was related to drunkenness episodes in the previous year, having 5 or more drinks on a single occasion in the previous year, and alcohol intake.

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