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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 262-266

Prevalence and Pattern of Substance Abuse at Bandardewa, A Border Area of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh

Regional Medical Research Centre (ICMR), Post Box No 105, Dibrugarh-786 001, India

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N. C Hazarika
Regional Medical Research Centre (ICMR), Post Box No 105, Dibrugarh-786 001
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A total of 312 persons aged 10 years and above were interviewed to collect information about their habits of taking tobacco, alcohol and other substances. The study reveals that 40.4% of the respondents used tobacco irrespective of their using pattern, with significant difference between sexes (p<0.001). Among tobacco users 58.2% were only tobacco chewers. 26.3% were smokers and 15% of them were practicing both the modes. 61.4% among housewives were tobacco users. Prevalence of alcohol use was 36.5% among the respondents. Alcohol use among males (39.5%) was slightly higher than females (32.6%). A significant association of alcohol users (p<0.01) was observed with level of educational status. 3.4% of the study population were found to be habituated with substance abuse other than tobacco and alcohol. Percentage of injecting drug users was found to be 1.28%. A very small number (0.64%) was also found to be addicted to petrol inhalation.



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