Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
CARON-RUFFINO, Márcia and RUFFINO-NETTO, Antonio. Alcohol consumption and pulmonary tuberculosis. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1979, vol.13, n.3, pp.183-194. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101979000300003.
A study to analyze the association between alcohol consumption and pulmonary tuberculosis was made using the casecontrol method. Each given case (patient with pulmonary tuberculosis) was matched with a control (patient without pulmonary tuberculosis) regarding, sex, origin (residence), and marital status. Four hundred and twenty-seven cases and their controls were interviewed and information was gathered on the risk factors involved. The conclusions were: there is association between alcohol consumption and pulmonary tuberculosis; when drinking was excessive less that two years before diagnosis of the disease, association was stronger, association between mild drinking (dependent drinkers) was greater from two to four years preceeding diagnosis.
Keywords : Tuberculosis, pulmonary; Tuberculosis [risk factors]; Alcoholism.