Self Reported Alcohol Use in an Urban Traffic Trauma Population in Kenya

This article reports on a study undertaken to determine the extent and pattern of alcohol use in road crash survivors at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi, Kenya (Africa). The descriptive, hospital-based survey included 137 patients between February 1999 and April 1999. The overall incidence of alcohol use was 26.3%. This was higher in males (29.6%) than females (9.1%). The mean ages, pre-hospital times, and ISS were similar for the alcohol use group (AUG) and the non-alcohol use group (NAUG). The incidence of males was 94.4% in the AUG and 83.2% IN the NAUG; the incidence of weekend injuries was 69.4% in the AUG and 35.6% in the NAUG. The incidence of night collisions was 41.7% in the AUG and 19.8% in the NAUG; the incidence of pedestrian involvement was 77.8% in the AUG and 61.4% in the NAUG. About 24% of patients aged 16 to 25 years of age had consumed alcohol before their crashes. This is significant because in self-reports like this, the younger patients are normally the least likely to report drinking; the true prevalence in this group may be much higher. The authors conclude that there was a high incidence and potential alcohol-relatedness to road trauma in Nairobi.

  • Authors:
    • Hassan, S
    • Macharia, W M
    • Atinga, J
  • Publication Date: 2005-3

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 144-147
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01013476
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 12 2005 7:36AM