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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(3), 958-970; doi:10.3390/ijerph6030958
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Antecedents and Covariates of Alcohol Consumption among Swiss Male Conscripts

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1 University of Zurich, Centre for Disaster and Military Psychiatry, Birchstrasse 3, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland 2 Institute for Therapy Research, Parzivalstrasse 25, 80804 Munich, Germany 3 Medical Services of the Swiss Armed Forces, Worblentalstrasse 36, 3063 Ittigen, Switzerland 4 University of Zurich, Research Unit for Social and Clinical Psychiatry, Militärstrasse 8, 8021 Zurich, Switzerland
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Received: 29 December 2008 / Accepted: 19 February 2009 / Published: 2 March 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Drug Abuse and Addiction)
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Abstract

This study aimed to investigate prevalence and correlates of alcohol consumption frequency in a sample of Swiss conscripts (n=25,611) in order to identify factors that predispose for frequent consumption. A self-report of drinking frequencies, as well as socio-demographic and psychosocial variables, was collected at psychiatric baseline screening. Based on univariate analyses, relevant variables were included in a multivariate multinomial logistic regression model. Six percent were abstainers, 15% reported rarely drinking, 53% occasional drinking, 24% regular drinking and 2% daily drinking. Except for substance use, most associations followed a “J”-shaped curve across the categories of alcohol frequency. Abstinence and frequent drinking can be perceived as deviations from the social norm. Both behaviors are associated with more psychosocial stressors and might be therefore special targets for further studies and new prevention programs.
Keywords: Alcohol consumption; associated factors of alcohol use; abstainers; J-shaped curve; multinomial logistic regression Alcohol consumption; associated factors of alcohol use; abstainers; J-shaped curve; multinomial logistic regression
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Mueller, M.; Kipke, I.; Frey, F.; Rossler, W.; Lupi, G.; Vetter, S. Antecedents and Covariates of Alcohol Consumption among Swiss Male Conscripts. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 958-970.

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