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Revista de Saúde Pública

versão impressa ISSN 0034-8910versão On-line ISSN 1518-8787

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NASCIMENTO, Eurípedes Costa do; NASCIMENTO, Evania  e  SILVA, José de Paula. Alcohol and amphetamines use among long-distance truck drivers. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2007, vol.41, n.2, pp.290-293. ISSN 1518-8787.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102007000200017.

The purpose of the study was to assess the incidence of alcohol and amphetamine use among long-distance truck drivers. There were studied 91 truck drivers at the gas station in Passos, Southeastern Brazil, in November 2005. Data was collected using a questionnaire comprising 19 multiple choice questions. Descriptive statistics, Chi-square test and Cramér's correlation coefficient were used for data analysis. The results indicated that 66% of the long-distance truck drivers used amphetamines during their travels, mainly at gas stations along the highways (54%). Alcohol was consumed by 91% of them and 43% of them consumed it at gas stations. It is concluded that there is a need of preventive and education campaigns targeting this occupation category at gas stations and transportation companies, focusing on the risks of these substances use during working hours.

Palavras-chave : Truck drivers; Alcoholism [epidemiology]; Amphetamine-related disorders [epidemiology]; Occupational risks; Occupational health; Mental health.

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