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BORTOLUZZI, Marcelo Carlos; TRAEBERT, Jefferson; LOGUERCIO, Alessandro  and  KEHRIG, Ruth Terezinha. Prevalence and alcohol user profile in adult population in a south Brazilian city. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.3, pp.679-685. ISSN 1678-4561.

This is an observational cross-sectional survey which included 707 individuals from a south Brazilian city (Joaçaba, in Santa Catarina State) aiming to know the alcohol user prevalence as well as the profile of the user. The results showed that 45.5% (322) of that population consume alcohol on regular basis and had used it at least once in the last month. The regular alcohol consumption occurs predominantly on males (p <0.001), in people under 39 years old (p =0.007), occurring predominantly with ones working comparing to the ones not working, (p <0.001), have more than 8 years of education (p <0.001) and with income greater than 1738.00 reais - Brazilian currency (p <0.001). The regular alcohol consumption was greater on those who classified his health status as regular, good or very good (p <0.006), also this relation happen to those people who haven't been under hospital internment in the last year (p <0.013). The depression levels scored by the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) showed low levels to those who regularly consume alcohol (p <0.047).

Keywords : Alcohol; Prevalence; User profile; BAI; BDI.

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