Journal article

The use of alcohol and medicines among Australian adults

Wendy Swift, Neil Stollznow, Marie Pirotta

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOC AUSTRALIA INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To collect Australian population-based data on concurrent use of conventional medicines, complementary/alternative medicines (CAM), and alcohol. METHOD: National survey administered in December 2005 to 816 Australian adults. RESULTS: 71% of respondents reported recent (last 24 hour) use of conventional medicine or CAM. 24% had recently consumed alcohol and conventional medicine, 17% alcohol and CAM and 13% alcohol and both types of medicines. Use of blood pressure and arthritis medicines was significantly more likely among daily drinkers than less than daily drinkers and non-drinkers. CONCLUSIONS: Concurrent use of medicines and alcohol is common, particularly among older people. ..

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