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Decomposing socioeconomic inequalities in alcohol use by men living in South African urban informal settlements

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dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-15 en
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-26T11:16:58Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-26T11:16:58Z
dc.date.issued 2018-08-15 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/12513
dc.description.abstract The prevalence of alcohol consumption among males living in urban settlements in South Africa is high. This paper aims to measure socioeconomic inequalities in alcohol use among men residing in informal settlements and also to examine the factors associated with inequality in alcohol use among men living in informal settlements. The study uses data from the 2016 Study of South African Informal Settlements. Multiple correspondence analysis is used to calculate a wealth index as a measure of socioeconomic status. The Erreygers concentration index is employed to quantify the degree of socioeconomic inequality in alcohol use and decomposition analysis is conducted to assess the factors associated with inequality in alcohol use by men of various age groups. There is a socioeconomic-related inequality in alcohol use in informal settlements that discriminates against poor men. Inequality is especially pronounced in the case of males aged 15-34 years and males aged 35-44 years. Wealth status makes the biggest contribution to socioeconomic inequality in alcohol use. The contribution of social determinants of health like marital status and employment status differ across age groups. Employment status contribute more to the alcohol use inequality among males aged 15-34 years while marital status contribute more to the alcohol use inequality among males aged 35-44 years. Being single substantially increases inequality in alcohol use. Inequality in alcohol use exists among both younger and older males and discriminate against the poor. Public policies aimed at promoting public health and the prevention of unhealthy behaviours should target younger and middle-aged men from socioeconomically disadvantaged groups. We also suggest policies that target single males in informal settlements. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject ADOLESCENT BOYS en
dc.subject MEN en
dc.subject INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS en
dc.title Decomposing socioeconomic inequalities in alcohol use by men living in South African urban informal settlements en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 18(1) en
dc.BudgetYear 2018/19 en
dc.ResearchGroup Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation en
dc.SourceTitle BMC Public Health en
dc.ArchiveNumber 10477 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=20375 en
dc.PageNumber Online en
dc.outputnumber 9454 en
dc.bibliographictitle Lawana, N. & Booysen, F. (2018) Decomposing socioeconomic inequalities in alcohol use by men living in South African urban informal settlements. <i>BMC Public Health</i>. 18(1):Online. en
dc.publicationyear 2018 en
dc.contributor.author1 Lawana, N. en
dc.contributor.author2 Booysen, F. en


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