Exploring perceptions of alcohol use in two Indian states: A qualitative study from Delhi and Haryana, India

The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research

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Title Exploring perceptions of alcohol use in two Indian states: A qualitative study from Delhi and Haryana, India
 
Creator Arora, Monika; Public Health Foundation of India
Tewari, Abha; Public Health Foundation of India
Bassi, Shalini; Public Health Foundation of India
Chauhan, Kavita; Public Health Foundation of India
Bhasin, Shikha; Public Health Foundation of India
Bakshi, Ann-Sofie; Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm Health Care Services
Andréasson, Sven; Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm Health Care Services
 
Subject Public Health; Alcohol Control Policy Qualitative Research
Alcohol; Perceptions; Determinants; Alcohol Control Policies; Qualitative
 
Description Arora, M., Tewari, A., Bassi, S., Chauhan, K., Bhasin, S., Bakshi, A., & Andréasson, S. (201X). Exploring perceptions of alcohol use in two Indian states: A qualitative study from Delhi and Haryana, India. The International Journal Of Alcohol And Drug Research, X(Y), N-M. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.7895/ijadr.vXiY.238Aims: To explore perceptions and determinants influencing alcohol consumption, with a view to inform development of suitable policies to control alcohol consumption.Methodology: Focus group discussions (FGDs) (n=24) were conducted in two Indian states among the rural Haryana (n=8 FGDs; 58 participants) and urban Delhi (n=16 FGDs; 113 participants) populations. Purposive sampling was used to recruit the participants, who were from high and low socioeconomic status (SES) groups and in the age group of 18–58 years.Results: Different factors influence alcohol consumption in high and low SES groups. The age of initiation is now as low as 10–12 years, attributable to the recent trend of increased accessibility. The participants agreed that alcohol consumption has now become a more acceptable part of daily living, whereas earlier it was limited to special occasions and festivals. This has contributed to an increase in drinking. Drinking among women was earlier a taboo, but now women (mainly of high SES), are often seen drinking at social gatherings. The respondents mentioned weak enforcement of regulatory policies related to alcohol consumption and sales.Conclusions: A shift in attitudes was observed towards drinking. Drinking is increasingly seen as a part of daily life. The availability of alcohol is perceived to be increasing and restrictions on sale are not effectively enforced. There is an urgent need to re-evaluate the alcohol policy from a public health perspective in India.
 
Publisher Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol (KBS)
 
Contributor Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
 
Date 2016-12-29
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

Purposive sampling approach; Focus Group Discussion (FGDs)
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://www.ijadr.org/index.php/ijadr/article/view/238
10.7895/ijadr.v0i0.238
 
Source The International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research; Early View Papers and Abstracts
1925-7066
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://www.ijadr.org/index.php/ijadr/article/view/238/411
 
Coverage Two Indian states i.e Delhi and Haryana
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Rural and urban population in the age range of 18–58 years
 
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