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Table 2 Alcohol consumption among adults by the age, sex and ethnicity (Sri Lanka 2005 – 2006)

From: Prevalence, patterns and correlates of alcohol consumption and its’ association with tobacco smoking among Sri Lankan adults: a cross-sectional study

   Male Female
  Total (n) Current (%) Former (%) Total (n) Current (%) Former (%)
Age group (years) <20 53 34.6 (18.2-51.0) 14.2 (4.8-23.5) 45 2.2 (0.2-6.7) 0.0 (0.0-0.0)
20 – 29 260 48.0 (40.9-55.0) 18.9 (13.9-23.8) 384 1.3 (0.4-2.9) 0.8 (0.1-1.7)
30 – 39 335 58.9 (52.6-65.3) 17.1 (12.8-21.4) 553 1.8 (0.5-3.1) 0.6 (0.1-1.2)
40 – 49 418 50.3 (44.0-56.6) 18.5 (14.0-22.9) 674 2.0 (0.5-3.6) 0.4 (0.1-0.8)
50 – 59 350 52.4 (45.7-59.0) 15.9 (12.0-19.8) 547 0.2 (0.1-0.6) 0.7 (0.2-1.6)
60 – 69 212 38.2 (30.9-45.6) 35.6 (28.3-42.8) 326 0.7 (0.6-2.0) 1.3 (0.2-2.4)
≥ 70 150 24.6 (15.5-33.6) 42.5 (32.7-52.2) 184 0.0 (0.0-0.0) 0.5 (0.5-1.4)
  All 1778 *p <0.0001 *p <0.0001 2713 *p < 0.005 *p < NS
Ethnicity Sinhalese 1524 49.4 (46.2-52.7) 22.6 (20.1-25.1) 2356 1.1 (0.6-1.7) 0.7 (0.3-1.0)
Sri Lankan Tamil 59 67.1 (52.6-81.6) 8.7 (2.4-15.0) 77 1.8 (0.1-5.4) 0.0 (0.0-0.0)
Plantation Tamil 76 65.6 (53.3-77.9) 13.4 (6.3-20.4) 88 2.5 (0.1-6.7) 2.2 (0.1-4.4)
Burgher 3 64.0 (0.1-129.9) 0.0 (0.0-0.0) 8 30.8 (5.5-56.1) 11.2 (0.4-22.0)
Sri Lankan Moor 116 7.3 (1.3-13.4) 20.1 (11.0-29.1) 184 0.0 (0.0-0.0) 0.0 (0.0-0.0)
  All 1778 +p < 0.0001 +p < 0.05 2713 +p = NS +p = NS
  1. *p values for age specific differences in current drinking and former drinking in males and females.
  2. +p values for ethnic specific differences in current drinking and former drinking in males and females.
  3. Data are % (95% CI), Current-current drinkers, Former-past drinkers, Confidence interval (CI), Not Significant (NS), Number of participants (n).