Risk of harm from alcohol use and heavy alcohol consumption: Its association with other NCD risk factors in Thailand

Nalinee Jakkaew, Kanokporn Pinyopornpanish, Wichuda Jiraporncharoen, Anawat Wisetborisut, Surin Jiraniramai, Ahmar Hashmi, Chaisiri Angkurawaranon

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Abstract

While there is an abundance of literature examining the relation between quantity of alcohol consumption and risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCD), there is less evidence on whether the risk of harm from alcohol use would have a similar relationship with NCD risk factors. The study aims to determine the association between level of harm from alcohol use and NCD risk factors. A cross-sectional survey was conducted among health care workers in Thailand in 2013. The Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST) was used to assessed risk of harm from alcohol use. The results suggest that higher risk of harm from alcohol use was associated with two of the eight NCD risk factors among women (higher blood pressure and higher triglyceride level) and five of the eight NCD risk factors among men (smoking, physical inactivity, higher blood pressure, higher blood glucose and higher triglyceride level). For men, assessing risk of harm could be incorporated as part of NCD programs as practitioners do not have to worry about the accuracy of the alcohol quantification and conversion to standard drinks. However, among women, quantifying volume may still be needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number16343
JournalScientific reports
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

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