Correlates of Alcohol Use Among Patrons of Alcohol Consumption Venues in Botswana

Mufaro Kanyangarara, Evelyn Kuor Kumoji, Ditsotlhe Ketlogetswe, Marina Anderson, Heena Brahmbhatt

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This study evaluated the correlates of three alcohol measures using a cross-sectional survey conducted among patrons of alcohol-serving venues in Gaborone, Botswana from October 2012 to February 2013. Using logistic regression, we found that engaging in higher levels of sexual risk behaviors was significantly associated with frequent drinking (at least 3 times a week), heavy episodic drinking (more than 6 standard units of alcohol at least weekly) and probable alcohol dependence (AUDIT score ≥20). Additionally, having higher levels of alcohol expectancies that increase the risk of HIV infection was significantly associated with probable alcohol dependence. Although HIV knowledge was generally high in this population, there is need for HIV prevention and alcohol harm reduction efforts to address the role of alcohol in increasing HIV risk and encourage the adoption of safer drinking patterns and the modification of alcohol expectancies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)573-582
Number of pages10
JournalAIDS and behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016


  • Alcohol expectancies
  • Alcohol use
  • Botswana
  • HIV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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