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Alcohol drinking patterns and habits among a sample of PONS study subjects: preliminary assessment
 
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Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, the Maria Skłodowska-Curie Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology, Warsaw, Poland
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Department of Health Promotion, Food and Nutrition, Institute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland
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Department of Computer Science and Health Statistic, Institute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland
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European Health Inequalities Observatory, Institute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland
 
Ann Agric Environ Med. 2011;18(2):221–228
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ABSTRACT
Introduction:
Alcohol drinking is a major contributing factor to death, disease, injury and social problems such as violence or child neglect and abuse, especially in Eastern Europe.

Objectives:
To preliminary evaluate the prevalence and social and behavioural patterns of alcohol drinking in a pilot group of the Polish-Norwegian Study (PONS study) subjects.

Material and Methods:
Open-ended prospective cohort study conducted in Świetokrzyskie province. A pilot group of subjects aged 45-64 years has been examined. Data on alcohol drinking were collected for 3,845 respondents with the use of the Health State Questionnaire administered by the CAPI method.

Results:
In males, 72.3% drank alcohol currently, 22.7% were former drinkers, and only 5% never drinkers. Among females, the percentage of current alcohol drinkers was significantly lower than in males, while the percentages of former and never drinkers was higher (50.3%, 35.4% and 14.6%, respectively). 7.4% of males and 0.8% of females drank alcohol daily or almost daily, and weekly alcohol drinking was respectively at level of 32.2% and 15.7%. Males drank mainly vodka (or other spirits) and beer, females grape wine and vodka.

 
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