Do Religion and Religiosity Have Anything to Do With Alcohol Consumption Patterns? Evidence From Two Fish Landing Sites on Lake Victoria Uganda

Nazarius M. Tumwesigye, Lynn Atuyambe, Simon P. S. Kibira, Fred Wabwire-Mangen, Florence Tushemerirwe, Glenn J. Wagner
2013 Substance Use & Misuse  
Fish landing sites have high levels of harmful use of alcohol. This paper examines the role of religion and religiosity on alcohol consumption at two fish landing sites on Lake Victoria in Uganda. Questionnaires were administered to randomly selected people at the sites. Dependent variables included alcohol consumption during the previous 30 days, whereas the key independent variables were religion and religiosity. Bivariate and multivariate analysis techniques were applied. People reporting
more » ... People reporting low religiosity were five times more likely to have consumed alcohol (95% confidence interval: 2.45-10.04) compared with those reporting low/average religiosity. Religion and religiosity are potential channels for controlling alcohol use. Keywords Religion, religiosity, fisherfolk, alcohol consumption, harmful use of alcohol 2009). It became independent in 1962; its capital city is Kampala. According to the 2001 demographic health survey, 24% of women and 45% of men drank alcohol during 1 The journal's style utilizes the category substance abuse as a diagnostic category. Substances are used or misused; living organisms are and can be abused. Editor's note. The authors are grateful to both IDI and the SABRES project.
doi:10.3109/10826084.2013.808464 pmid:24041174 fatcat:hb2vt7afbvd4jjdiqrdtk24cc4