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|Title:||ASSESSMENT OF OCCURENCE OF ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION AMONG WOMEN OF CHILDBEARING AGE AT LIVINGSTONE CENTRAL HOSPITAL, ZAMBIA|
|Authors:||KALIPI, NGHITUKUHAMBA TANGI ELIKANA|
|Abstract:||Background: Alcoholic beverages have become very popular among the general population, and often abused worldwide. It’s effects ranges from euphoria, to potential health complications on general health, pregnancy and unborn child. There has been a noticeable increased in alcohol consumption among women of childbearing age. This study is aimed to assess the occurrence of alcohol consumption among women of childbearing age at Livingstone Central Hospital, Livingstone, Zambia. Methods: A convenience sampling was used to recruit participants on admission to Livingstone Central Hospital. An interviewer administered questionnaires to collect data that included sociodemographic characteristics, pregnancy history, alcohol consumption and knowledge level on health effects of alcohol consumption. Results: There were 92 participants. Youngest participant 17 years, oldest participant 41 years. Mean age 27.9 years. Standard deviation (SD) 7.43. Women less that 25 years 42.4%, between 25 to 39 years 52.2% and more than 40 years 5.4%. Among the study women, those with primary education 17.4%, secondary education 26.1% and tertiary education 56.5%. Employment status of the study women, 48.9% were unemployed, 33.7% were informally employed and 17.4% were formally employed. 31.5% of the women were currently pregnant, 41.3% had a history of pregnancy, while 27.2% had never been pregnant before. Only 16.3% of the study women consumed alcoholic beverages, and 85.9% were aware of the potential health risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption. Conclusions: Age, education level, employment status and presence of chronic physical or mental illness were associated with alcohol consumption among women of childbearing age.|
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