Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(9), 2408-2416; doi:10.3390/ijerph6092408
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Motivations for Alcohol Use among Men Aged 16-30 Years in Sri Lanka

1 Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka 2 Department of Applied Health Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA
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Received: 10 August 2009; Accepted: 3 September 2009 / Published: 8 September 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Alcohol and Public Health)
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Abstract: Psychometric properties of a new scale that measures motivations towards alcohol use were examined using a sample of 412 male alcohol users in Sri Lanka aged 16-30 years. In addition, associations between drinking motives and drinking frequency were explored. Confirmatory factor analysis showed that a 3-factor model consisting of the factors personal enjoyment, tension reduction, and social pressure fit the data well. Overall, tension-reduction motivation was found to be prominent in the context of young males’ drinking behavior in Sri Lanka. Associations between stress and alcohol use among young males warrant further investigations.
Keywords: alcohol; motives; young males; Sri Lanka; stress

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Perera, B.; Torabi, M. Motivations for Alcohol Use among Men Aged 16-30 Years in Sri Lanka. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 2408-2416.

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Perera B, Torabi M. Motivations for Alcohol Use among Men Aged 16-30 Years in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(9):2408-2416.

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Perera, Bilesha; Torabi, Mohammad. 2009. "Motivations for Alcohol Use among Men Aged 16-30 Years in Sri Lanka." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 9: 2408-2416.

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