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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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CASTILLO, Carlos Onorio  and  COSTA, Maria Cristina Silva. Meanings regarding the use of alcohol in families of a venezuelan poor community. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.spe, pp.535-542. ISSN 1518-8345.

This study is the result of an ethnographic research based on interpretative anthropology. It aims to interpret the meanings of alcohol misuse in families from a poor Venezuelan community. Twenty members from six families participated in the study. The results show differences between meanings children and parents held regarding alcohol consumption. Children held a more positive view, whereas mothers presented the lowest acceptation of alcohol consumption. Meanings were more convergent than divergent, which allowed the identification of the following units: excessive consumption, intoxication, and joy. The association of alcohol with parties and joy is the main motivation to drink and the main barrier to change drinking habits. Two units of meaning were identified: a continuum between normal and pathologic drinking; and concept of joy subordinated to alcohol consumption.

Keywords : alcoholism; family; public health; anthropology, cultural; nursing.

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