Tobacco and alcohol use among Arab adults in Israel: Findings from a nationwide study

Maayan Lawental, Meyrav Shoham, Pnina Ron, Faisal Azaiza

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Abstract

Objective: This comprehensive study focuses exclusively on adult Arabs in Israel and is aimed at examining tobacco and alcohol use rates and their predictors. Methods: One thousand and two hundred Arab adults were randomly sampled via cluster sampling and interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Results: Forty-four per cent of respondents reported tobacco use while 39% reported alcohol use. There were notable gender gaps in use, as well as differences between Muslims and Christians. Odds of using both tobacco and alcohol increased with having a greater tendency towards risk-taking and more time spent partying. Odds of alcohol use also increased with having positive attitudes towards use, lower perceived risk and greater intention to use. Conclusions: These findings add a more complete understanding to the phenomenon of tobacco and alcohol use among Arab adults in Israel and carry important implications for future research and practice. [Lawental M, Shoham M, Ron P, Azaiza F. Tobacco and alcohol use among Arab adults in Israel: Findings from a nationwide study. Drug Alcohol Rev 2014;33:327-332].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-332
Number of pages6
JournalDrug and Alcohol Review
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Arab
  • Israel
  • Tobacco

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