Lawental M, Shoham M, Ron P, Azaiza F. Tobacco and alcohol use among Arab adults in Israel: findings from a nationwide study. Drug Alcohol Rev. 2014 May;33(3):327-32. PMID: 24612388.

Drug Alcohol Rev. 2014 May;33(3):327-32. doi: 10.1111/dar.12120. Epub 2014 Feb 26.

Tobacco and alcohol use among Arab adults in Israel: findings from a nationwide study.

Lawental M(1), Shoham M, Ron P, Azaiza F.

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(1)School of Social Work, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel.

OBJECTIVE: This comprehensive study focuses exclusively on adult Arabs in Israel and is aimed at examining tobacco and alcohol use rates and their predictors.

METHODS: One thousand and two hundred Arab adults were randomly sampled via cluster sampling and interviewed using a structured questionnaire.

RESULTS: Forty-four per cent of respondents reported tobacco use while 39% reported alcohol use. There were notable gender gaps in use, as well as differences between Muslims and Christians. Odds of using both tobacco and alcohol increased with having a greater tendency towards risk-taking and more time spent partying. Odds of alcohol use also increased with having positive attitudes towards use, lower perceived risk and greater intention to use.

CONCLUSIONS: These findings add a more complete understanding to the phenomenon of tobacco and alcohol use among Arab adults in Israel and carry important implications for future research and practice.

© 2014 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs.

PMID: 24612388  [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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