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Alcohol use and combined alcohol-related harm (ARH) are a prevalent and important public ill health, with alcohol representing about 4% of the worldwide burden of disease. A discussion of ARH secondary to alcohol consumption necessitates a consideration of the quantity of alcohol consumed and therefore the drinking pattern. This study tested the association between alcohol drinking patterns and self-reported ARH. Pearson chi-square test and logistic regression analyses were used on data from the National Comorbidity
(NCS-R). The NCS-R is a cross-sectional nationally representative sample. Data was obtained by face-to-face interviews from 9282 adults aged ≥18 years in the full sample, and 5,692 respondents in a subsample of the full sample. Results presented as odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI). Alcohol drinking patterns (frequency of drinking, and drinks per occasion) were related to increased risks of self-reported ARH; binge or “risky” drinking was strongly predictive of ARH than other categories of drinks per occasion or frequency of drinking; and men had significantly higher likelihood of ARH in reference to frequency of drinking and drinks per occasion. Findings provide evidence for public health
practitioners to target alcohol prevention strategies at the entire population of drinkers. Based on lifetime risk of alcohol-attributable mortality it is recommended that the daily intake of alcohol for both men and ladies shouldn't exceed two drinks, with three or four drinks considered as tolerable for infrequent drinking.
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