A survey of 9000 married women in Nepal found that 18% of them had used alcohol within the last 30 days.
Women whose husbands also drank were three times more likely to drink than those who did not have husbands who drank, demonstrating strong influences within families.
Given the negative health effects of alcohol during pregnancy, this study highlights the need to engage families in programmes to tackle alcohol consumption.
Thapa N, Aryal KK, Shrestha S, Shrestha S, Thapa P, et al. (2016), Alcohol consumption practices among married women of reproductive age in Nepal: a population based household survey, PLoS ONE 11(4)
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