Is Spiritual Background Related to Indulgence into Alcohol Use: A Cross- Sectional Study in an Urban Slum of Meerut?Rashmi Katyal1*, Rahul Bansal2, Kapil Goel2 and Sachin Sharma2
- *Corresponding Author:
- Rashmi Katyal
Rohilkhand Medical College, Bareilly, India
Received date: November 26, 2012; Accepted December 22, 2012; Published date: December 24, 2012
Citation: Katyal R, Bansal R, Goel K, Sharma S (2012) Is Spiritual Background Related to Indulgence into Alcohol Use: A Cross-Sectional Study in an Urban Slum of Meerut? J Community Med Health Educ 2:193. doi:10.4172/2161-0711.1000193
Copyright: © 2012 Katyal R, et al. 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 word alcohol is derived from the Arabian term ‘al-kuhul’ which means ‘finely divided spirit’.Alcohol abuse is world-wide social and medical problem. Over the past 30 to 40 years, alcohol consumption hasincreased in quantity and frequency. The age at which people start drinking has also declined. The population groupsat great risk are those undergoing rapid socio-economic and cultural changes; they view alcohol as a symbol ofprestige and social status.
Methods: A community based cross-sectional study was conducted in the catchment area of U.H.T.C. (Urbanhealth and training centre) using AUDIT questionnaire. The required sample size was obtained through simplerandom sampling. Data was analyzed by using appropriate statistical tests by SPSS 19.0 version and the results wereexpressed in proportions. Chi-square test was used and if the cell frequency was less than 5, the result was obtainedby Fischer Exact test.
Results: The spiritual background has been found to have no significant association with alcohol use. Similarly,the size and type of family has no relationship with alcohol use.
Conclusions: It can be very well concluded that spiritual background may not influence the intake of alcohol but still conclusion can only be drawn if more such researches are done in future.