Fraction of Tuberculosis Mortality Attributable to Alcohol in Russia
Grodno State Medical University, 80 Gorky Street, Grodno 230009, Russia
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- Razvodovsky YE
Grodno State Medical University
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Received date: March 04, 2015; Accepted date: April 03, 2015; Published date: April 06, 2015
Citation: Razvodovsky YE (2015) Fraction of Tuberculosis Mortality Attributable to Alcohol in Russia. J Alcohol Drug Depend 3:195. doi: 10.4172/2329-6488.1000195
Copyright: © 2015 Razvodovsky YE. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Background: The Russian Federation has the 11 highest burden of tuberculosis (TB) in the world and thirdhighest burden of multidrug resistant TB. Alcohol continues to play a crucial role in the Russian TB mortality crisis. Objectives: The aim of the present study was to estimate the TB mortality attributable to alcohol abuse in Russia using aggregate-level data of TB mortality and the level of alcohol sales from 1980 to 2010. Methods: Age-standardized sex-specific male and female TB mortality data for the period 1980-2010 and data on alcohol sales were analyzed by means ARIMA time series analysis. Results: The results of the analysis suggest that 35.4% of all male TB deaths and 32.0% female TB deaths in Russia could be attributed to alcohol. Conclusions: The outcomes of this study provide support for the hypothesis that alcohol is an important contributor to the high TB mortality rate in Russian Federation. Therefore prevention of alcohol-attributable harm should be a major public health priority in Russia.