oa Central African Journal of Medicine - A clinical assessment of the consequences of alcohol consumption in 'communal' drinkers in the Zimbabwean Midlands

Volume 38, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The study was undertaken to clinically assess the consequences of alcohol consumption in 'communal' drinking patients whose levels of alcohol consumption could not be determined accurately in grams of alcohol. The level of alcohol consumed by 100 adult 'communal' drinking medical patients per drinking session was scored on a scale 0-10. The score was based on a qualitative impression of how much alcohol was drunk, level of consciousness, behaviour and gait. The frequency of drinking days in a week was scored on a 0-7 scale. The duration of drinking in years prior to registration at the clinic was also recorded. The pattern of diseases among the drinkers was compared to that of 70 adult non-drinkers. The individual diseases were ranked to association with alcohol consumption by the Kruskal-Wallis Test.

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