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Journal of Health Inequalities
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1/2020
vol. 6
 
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Assessment of the current drinking pattern in Poland. A study among people hospitalised at the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw

Andrzej Silczuk
1
,
Witold A. Zatoński
2, 3

1.
Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw, Poland
2.
Health Promotion Foundation, Nadarzyn, Poland
3.
European Observatory of Health Inequalities, the President Stanisław Wojciechowski State University of Applied Sciences in Kalisz, Poland
J Health Inequal 2020; 6 (1): 7-10
Online publish date: 2020/05/27
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This paper presents an outline of a research project that will be carried out in 2020 in the Detoxification Ward and the Rehabilitation Therapy Ward of the Department of Prevention and Treatment of Addictions of the Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw, Poland. The cross-sectional study will describe the population of alcohol-dependent people and characterise the dominant drinking pattern in this population. In particular, the frequency of alcohol use and preferences in terms of volume of alcohol bottles will be assessed. An additional objective of the study will be to compare the population of people hospitalised for alcohol withdrawal syndromes with people hospitalised for rehabilitation therapy. The hypothesis will be interrogated that an increase in demand for small vodka bottles (SVBs) correlates with the change in the current pattern of alcohol drinking. So far the drinking pattern in Poland has been described as a pattern of heavy drinking – so-called binge drinking. With growing interests of consumers in SVBs there is a high probability of the appearance of a new pattern, constituting a model in which the patient drinks alcohol in small portions several times a day, maintaining a relatively stable blood alcohol concentration. In recent decades an increased alcohol consumption per capita per year in Poland and mortality rates due to alcohol use have been observed. Therefore, if confirmed by the study, this new emerging drinking pattern may become one of the main tasks and challenges for Public Health.
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alcohol, drinking pattern, alcohol-related diseases

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