Validating Alcohol Use Measures Among Male Drinkers in Goa: Implications for Research on Alcohol, Sexual Risk, and HIV in India


Greenfield, TK; Nayak, MB; Bond, J; Patel, V; Trocki, K; Pillai, A; (2010) Validating Alcohol Use Measures Among Male Drinkers in Goa: Implications for Research on Alcohol, Sexual Risk, and HIV in India. AIDS and behavior, 14. pp. 84-93. ISSN 1090-7165 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-010-9734-8

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Abstract

Assessment of heavy drinking patterns is vital for HIV/AIDs studies in India and developing countries. A population survey in northern Goa included urban and rural male drinkers (n = 743) who completed a new Fractional Graduated Frequencies (F-GF) alcohol patterns measure assessing seven beverage types and drink sizes for the largest daily amount, then drinking frequencies at fractional amounts. The new measure was compared to a simpler quantity-frequency (QF) summary and, in a validity subsample of hazardous drinkers (n = 56), 28-day diaries of drinking events. Approximately 56% of total volume came from peak drinking (averaging 60 g ethanol/day). For AUDIT-based Hazardous Drinkers, QF and F-GF volumes (drinks/day) were not significantly different from diary volume (correlations 0.65 and 0.57, respectively). F-GF well captured the profile of daily amounts in drinking event data. In addition, the F-GF showed evidence of better predicting any sexual risk behavior or partner violence perpetration than the QF measure. Summary drinking pattern measures, especially the new F-GF, are more cost efficient than intensive event records, and appear valid when carefully assessing quantities with local beverage types and drink ethanol content.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Alcohol use patterns, Measurement, Validity, Goa, Survey, HIV/AIDS, Risk factors, INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE, HAZARDOUS DRINKING, INDUSTRIAL-WORKERS, PUBLIC-HEALTH, USE DISORDERS, HISPANIC MEN, CONSUMPTION, WOMEN, PATTERNS, GENDER
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research (2003-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Research Centre: Centre for Global Mental Health
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 20567894
Web of Science ID: 279681300009
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/3224

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