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Concurrent tobacco use and risky drinking in South Africa: Results from the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

Phaswana-Mafuya, Nancy; Peltzer, Karl; Pengpid, Supa

Journal of psychology in Africa: (South of the Sahara, the Caribbean and Afro-Latin America). Volume 28:Number 4 (2018, July 4th); pp 316-322 -- co-published by NISC (Pty) Ltd and Routledge, Informa UK Limited [trading as Taylor & Francis Group]

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  • Title:
    Concurrent tobacco use and risky drinking in South Africa: Results from the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
  • Author: Phaswana-Mafuya, Nancy;
    Peltzer, Karl;
    Pengpid, Supa
  • Found In: Journal of psychology in Africa: (South of the Sahara, the Caribbean and Afro-Latin America). Volume 28:Number 4 (2018, July 4th); pp 316-322
  • Journal Title: Journal of psychology in Africa: (South of the Sahara, the Caribbean and Afro-Latin America)
  • Subjects: Blacks--Africa, Sub-Saharan--Psychology--Periodicals; Blacks--Latin America--Psychology--Periodicals; Psychology--Africa, Sub-Saharan--Periodicals; Psychology--Latin America--Periodicals; comorbidity--risky drinking--socio-demographic status--South Africa--tobacco use--mental health; Dewey: 155.8496
  • Rights: Licensed
  • Publication Details: co-published by NISC (Pty) Ltd and Routledge, Informa UK Limited [trading as Taylor & Francis Group]
  • Abstract:

    The aim of this study was to examine socio-demographic and psychosocial correlates of concurrent tobacco use and risky drinking. We analysed data from the cross-sectional South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (SANHANES-1) 2011–2012. The sample included 14 764 adolescents and adults aged 15 years and older. They responded to questions on tobacco and alcohol use, psychosocial, and socio-demographic indicators. Results indicate that 9.6% (16.8% among men and 3.5% among women) of South Africans were involved in concurrent tobacco use and risky drinking, 18.2% in current tobacco use only, and 20.3% in risky drinking only. In covariate adjusted analysis, being 25 to 64 years, being male, belonging to the coloured population group, residing in urban areas, having experienced three or more traumatic events, and poor self-rated health were associated with concurrent tobacco use and risky drinking. Findings suggest socio-demographic and health factors are important for public health interventions in addressing concurrent tobacco and alcohol use in South Africa.


  • Identifier: System Number: ETOCvdc_100067731619.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 1433-0237; 10.1080/14330237.2018.1507330
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100067731619.0x000001

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