Volume 7, Issue 1, January 2019, Page: 23-28
Alcoholic Beverage Use Among Somali Youth Living in Eastleigh, an Urban Suburb in Nairobi, Kenya
Abdi Aden Korio, Department of Public Health, Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Kenya Methodist University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
Eunice Jemalel Nyavanga, Department of Public Health, Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, Kenya Methodist University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
Received: Sep. 5, 2018;       Accepted: Sep. 14, 2018;       Published: Mar. 21, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ejpm.20190701.15      View  267      Downloads  17
Abstract
Background: Harmful use of alcohol causes a large disease, social and economic burden to societies. Alcohol use is the third largest disease risk factor for deaths among youths between 15-29 years that contribute to 4% of the global burden of disease. Eastleigh also is known as “Little Mogadishu” is a suburb in Nairobi that is mostly inhabited by both Somali Community from Kenya and majorly from migrations from Somalia. It hosts about 30,000 Somali refugees and characterized by extremes of wealth and poverty. Objective: The aim of this study is to identify the prevalence of alcohol use and the patterns of use among Somali Youth living in Easteigh suburb in Nairobi. Method: This is an exploratory cross-sectional study among youth aged between 18-25 years of age that used a face-to-face interview. Results: Findings indicated a high prevalence among those who are male, of younger age, with married parents, born in Eastleigh, with lower educational level, the singles, the unemployed and those with high family income. Alcohol use is comorbid with other licit psychoactive substances that include tobacco products, miraa and shisha. Conclusion: These participants have relatively high alcohol use that is comorbid with other licit psychoactive substances. Recommendations include further studies to be done in this community using standardized instruments to cover a larger area and interventions to target younger youth of below 15 years of age and policy on treatment of young people with mental disorders to include substance abuse as well.
Keywords
Psychoactive Substance, Alcoholic Beverages, Licit Substances, Somali Community
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Abdi Aden Korio, Eunice Jemalel Nyavanga, Alcoholic Beverage Use Among Somali Youth Living in Eastleigh, an Urban Suburb in Nairobi, Kenya, European Journal of Preventive Medicine. Vol. 7, No. 1, 2019, pp. 23-28. doi: 10.11648/j.ejpm.20190701.15
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