Patrones de consumo de alcohol y problemas asociados en Brasil

Translated title of the contribution: Drinking patterns and associated problems in Brazil

Raul Caetano, Clarice Madruga, Ilana Pinsky, Ronaldo Laranjeira

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This paper describes patterns of alcohol consumption and associated problems in Brazil. Data came from a multicluster random sample of 2,346 Brazilians 18 years of age and older. The survey was conducted in 2005-2006 and had a response rate of 66.4%. About 35% of the men and 59% of the women did not drink in the past 12 months, while 39% of the men and 13% of the women consumed alcohol at least once a week. Further, 38% of the men and 17% of the women consumed 5 or more drinks "usually", and 40% of the men and 18% of the women reported binge drinking in the past 12 months. The prevalence of alcohol use disorders (DSM-4 abuse and/or dependence) was 19% among men and 4% among women. Although abstinence in Brazil is relatively high, binge drinking is frequent and, thus, alcohol problems and alcohol use disorders are also frequent.

Translated title of the contributionDrinking patterns and associated problems in Brazil
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)287-293
Number of pages7
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013


  • Alcohol use disorders
  • Brazil
  • Drinking
  • Epidemiology
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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