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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Baseline Research for Action: Adolescent Alcohol Consumption in Los Palacios Municipality, Cuba

In Cuba, alcohol is an important contributor to morbidity,ortality and social problems. The foundation of Cuba’s universal primary health care coverage, family doctor-and-nurse offices play a critical role in prevention, early detection and treatment of alcohol abuse.

Los Palacios Municipality of the westernmost province of Pinar del Río, Cuba, is a socially complex, periurban area where alcohol abuse and alcoholism have been identified as important health problems. Adolescents constitute a population at high risk for alcohol abuse because of their receptivity to social influences, but the precise extent of the problem is unknown.

This paper reports baseline findings from a survey and direct observation of alcohol consumption in the catchment area of a primary care center, conducted to inform planning for an educational intervention.

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