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L’alcoolisme en Polynésie française

Abstract : Introduction - The purpose of this study is to identify the factors that explain the compulsive alcohol behaviour of drinkers in French Polynesia (FP) from a population-representative sample, and to determine necessary levers for the implementation of prevention and screening actions among high-risk groups. Methods - A questionnaire cross-sectional survey (personal interviews) was conducted among 1,023 persons aged 16 and over in January and February 2003. The questionnaire was developed using information obtained from exploratory semi-structured interviews of 60 current or past drinkers. It included the DETA test assessing the risk related to alcohol consumption (in four questions). Results - The study reveals a high level of alcohol addiction (30% of the sample) and a high prevalence of drunkenness (41% of the sample) in FP. Pleasure and parties are the main reasons mentioned by drinkers (83% and 75% of the sample, respectively). Nevertheless, the need to cope with illbeing (to escape from boredom, to cheer up, to be able to face major family or professional problems) also appears to be a frequent motive for drinking, especially within the 16-19 years old age group. Conclusion - In FP, representations of alcohol are such that the levers available to improve the situation of alcohol consumption are rare. Regulating alcohol advertising on all media would certainly correct some misrepresentations that encourage its consumption. It is also essential to set up a system for monitoring alcohol practices in FP, based in particular on a regular repetition of such investigations.
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M-F Brugiroux, N Cerf, François Beck. L’alcoolisme en Polynésie française. Bulletin Epidémiologique Hebdomadaire - BEH, 2009, 48-50, pp.520-522. ⟨hal-03480109⟩

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