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Alcohol use amongst psychiatric in-patients in a mental hospital in Ethiopia

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dc.contributor.advisor Maritz, J. E. Henok Admassu Guranda 2015-02-18T10:15:07Z 2015-02-18T10:15:07Z 2013-09 2015-02-18
dc.identifier.citation Henok Admassu Guranda (2013) Alcohol use amongst psychiatric in-patients in a mental hospital in Ethiopia, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to explore alcohol use among psychiatric in-patients in a mental hospital in Ethiopia. A quantitative, descriptive, cross-sectional study design was used. Data were collected through face to face structured interviews and a document analysis checklist. A researcher-modified interview-version of the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT) questionnaire was used to measure alcohol use. The study population comprised of 70 psychiatric in-patients. Data analysis showed that being male, living in an urban area, being diagnosed with schizophrenia, and having parents who drink alcohol had a statistical significant association with the alcohol use of the respondents. Respondents reported that it was difficult to abstain or stop using alcohol. They also felt discriminated against when forbidden by relatives to drink. It was alarming to find that thioridazine, which has been discontinued in most countries for the treatment of psychosis, was still being prescribed in Ethiopia. The study highlighted the need for health education to strengthen patients’ perceptions about the negative consequences of alcohol use. Care should be taken when prescribing psychotropic drugs such as thioridazine to psychiatric in-patients because of possible cardiotoxic effects. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (viii, 157 leaves, some unnumbered)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Alcohol use en
dc.subject AUDIT en
dc.subject Psychiatric in-patients en
dc.subject Mental hospital. en
dc.subject.ddc 362.2920963
dc.subject.lcsh Drug-alcohol interactions
dc.subject.lcsh Psychiatric hospital patients -- Ethiopia
dc.subject.lcsh Drinking of alcoholic beverages -- Ethiopia
dc.title Alcohol use amongst psychiatric in-patients in a mental hospital in Ethiopia en
dc.type Dissertation
dc.description.department Health Studies en M.A. (Public Health)

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