Journal article

Prevalence and correlates of alcohol dependence in adult prisoners vary according to Indigenous status

Stuart A Kinner, Paul M Dietze, Maelenn Gouillou, Rosa Alati

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | WILEY | Published : 2012

Abstract

Objective: To estimate the prevalence and identify independent correlates of alcohol dependence among Indigenous and non- Indigenous adult prisoners in Queensland. Methods: A confidential, cross-sectional survey of 1,155 adult prisoners (n=274 Indigenous, n=881 non-Indigenous) in seven adult prisons in Queensland. The usual alcohol consumption in the year before prison was assessed using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT); scores ?20 are considered consistent with alcohol dependence. Results: Indigenous prisoners were significantly more likely than non- Indigenous prisoners to report patterns of alcohol consumption consistent with dependence. Separate multivariable analyse..

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Awarded by NHMRC Strategic Award


Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship


Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Award


Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank the research participants for sharing their experiences, and Queensland Corrective Services for assistance with data collection. The Passports project is funded by NHMRC Strategic Award #409966. Stuart Kinner is supported by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship #1004765; Rosa Alati by NHMRC Career Development Award #1012485; and Paul Dietze by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship #FT100100321.