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Alcohol Use Disorders AUDs among tuberculosis TB patients are associated with nonadherence and poor treatment outcomes. Studies from Tuberculosis Research Centre TRC, Chennai have reported that alcoholism has been one of the major reasons for default and mortality in under the DOTS programme in South India. Hence, it is planned to conduct a study to estimate prevalence of alcohol use and AUDs among TB patients attending the corporation health centres in Chennai, India.


This is a cross-sectional cohort study covering 10 corporation zones at Chennai and it included situational assessment followed by screening of TB patients by a WHO developed Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test AUDIT scale. Four zones were randomly selected and all TB patients treated during July to September 2009 were screened with AUDIT scale for alcohol consumption.


Out of 490 patients, 66% were males, 66% were 35 years and above, 57% were married, 58% were from the low monthly income group of 8. Age >35 years, education less educated, income

AUD among TB patients needs to be addressed urgently and the findings suggest the importance of integrating alcohol treatment into TB care.

Autor: Mohanarani Suhadev , Beena E. Thomas, Raja Sakthivel M, Murugesan P, Chandrasekaran V, Niruparani Charles, Durga R, Auxilia M, Tr



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