alexa The prevalence and socio-demographic correlates of khat chewing in Butajira, Ethiopia.


Journal of Psychiatry

Author(s): Alem A, Kebede D, Kullgren G, Alem A, Kebede D, Kullgren G

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Abstract A house-to-house survey was carried out in a rural Ethiopian community to determine the prevalence and socio-demographic correlates of khat use. A total of 10,468 adults were interviewed. Of these, 58\% were female, and 74\% were Muslim. More than half of the study population (55.7\%) reported lifetime khat chewing experience and the prevalence of current use was 50\%. Among current chewers, 17.4\% reported taking khat on a daily basis; 16.1\% of these were male and 3.4\% were female. Various reasons were given for chewing khat; 80\% of the chewers used it to gain a good level of concentration for prayer. Muslim religion, smoking and high educational level showed strong association with daily khat chewing.
This article was published in Acta Psychiatr Scand Suppl and referenced in Journal of Psychiatry

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