J Med Assoc Thai 2010; 93 (3):38

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Alcohol Drinking Behaviour and Economic Cost Incurred by Users in Khon Kaen
Paileeklee S Mail, Kanato M , Kaenmanee S , McGhee SM

Background: Alcohol consumption increases health risks and social consequences. It also lowers productivity resulting in
economic losses for drinkers and the rest of society.

Objective:
To investigate alcohol drinking behavior and to estimate economic cost incurred by alcohol users in Khon Kaen
province in 2007.

Material and Method: A cross-sectional survey targeting the population aged 12-65 years old was conducted in 20 communities. Data were collected using full-structured questionnaires through interviews.

Results: Among 1,053 respondents, 53.0% drank alcohol sometime in their lives (95% CI: 46.1, 59.9). The percentage of
individuals drinking in the past 12 months was 43.3% (95% CI: 37.1, 49.5). The average number of drinking days in past
12 months was 36.8 days. Most respondents drank for social activities, mainly with friends and relatives. Individual costs of
alcohol consumption varied greatly. The weighted average cost in 2007 was 975.5 Baht per drinker. The estimated overall
cost of alcohol consumption in Khon Kaen, in 2007, was 691.2 million Baht (95% CI: 280.0, 1,102.3 million), or 502.9 Baht
per capita.

Conclusion: More than half of the Khon Kaen population drank alcohol sometime in their lives and 43.3% were current
drinkers. The average number of drinking days in past 12 months was 36.8 days. The estimated cost of alcohol consumption
in Khon Kaen province was enormous.

Keywords: Alcohol drinking behavior, Cost, Khon Kaen

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