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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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VARGAS, Divane de  and  LUIS, Margarita Antônia Villar. Alcohol, alcoholism and alcohol addicts: conceptions and attitudes of nurses from district basic health centers. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.spe, pp.543-550. ISSN 1518-8345.

This qualitative study aimed to learn the conceptions and attitude tendencies of nurses from public district basic health units towards alcohol, alcoholism and alcohol addicts. The sample consisted of ten nurses from three institutions in a city located in São Paulo. Data were recorded and submitted to content thematic analysis. Subjects evidenced that these nurses are permissive towards moderate alcohol use, but reject alcoholism, conceiving it as a potentially fatal disease, and tend to associate it to personal will, indicating the influence of the moral concept on their conceptions and attitudes. The participating nurses' knowledge about the topics alcohol and alcoholism was also evidenced. Based on the results, the authors suggest training this group and preparing these professionals for the care, recognition and prevention of disorders related to alcohol use/abuse at these health centers.

Keywords : health centers; nurses, male; alcoholism; attitudes.

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