Patterns of concurrent alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis use in Germany: prevalence and correlates
2014 (English)In: Drugs: education prevention and policy, ISSN 0968-7637, E-ISSN 1465-3370, Vol. 21, no 2, 102-109 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aims: This study investigated past month patternsand risk factors of alcohol, tobacco and cannabis useby level of intensity in the German generalpopulation. Methods: Data from the 2006 GermanEpidemiological Survey of Substance Abuse (ESA)were used. The cross-sectional random sampleconsisted of N¼7912 adults aged 18–64 years. Theresponse rate was 45%. Intensive use of eachsubstance was measured applying substance-specificcut-off points: alcohol: 420/30 g pure ethanol dailyfor women/men; tobacco: 20 cigarettes daily;cannabis: on 6 occasions monthly. Findings: The majority of substance users reportedno intensive use of any of the three substances(77.5%) and 19.4% had used one of the threesubstances intensively. A total of 3.1% engaged inintensive use of multiple substances with alcohol andtobacco (2.3%) as the most prevalent pattern. Ahigher risk for intensive use of multiple substanceswas found among males, older individuals and thosewith a substance use disorder. Conclusions: Results of this study call for anintegrated view on substance use and relateddisorders in prevention and treatment, takingdiverse use patterns and specific needs of substanceabusers into account.
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London: Informa Healthcare, 2014. Vol. 21, no 2, 102-109 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-109922DOI: 10.3109/09687637.2013.812614OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-109922DiVA: diva2:767643