Patrones de consumo de alcohol y problemas asociados en Brasil

Translated title of the contribution: Drinking patterns and associated problems in Brazil

Raul Caetano, Clarice Madruga, Ilana Pinsky, Ronaldo Laranjeira

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This paper describes patterns of alcohol consumption and associated problems in Brazil. Data came from a multicluster random sample of 2,346 Brazilians 18 years of age and older. The survey was conducted in 2005-2006 and had a response rate of 66.4%. About 35% of the men and 59% of the women did not drink in the past 12 months, while 39% of the men and 13% of the women consumed alcohol at least once a week. Further, 38% of the men and 17% of the women consumed 5 or more drinks "usually", and 40% of the men and 18% of the women reported binge drinking in the past 12 months. The prevalence of alcohol use disorders (DSM-4 abuse and/or dependence) was 19% among men and 4% among women. Although abstinence in Brazil is relatively high, binge drinking is frequent and, thus, alcohol problems and alcohol use disorders are also frequent.

Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)287-293
Number of pages7
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 7 2013



  • Alcohol use disorders
  • Brazil
  • Drinking
  • Epidemiology
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Caetano, R., Madruga, C., Pinsky, I., & Laranjeira, R. (2013). Patrones de consumo de alcohol y problemas asociados en Brasil. Adicciones, 25(4), 287-293.