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Table 2 Themes related to reasons for drinking and consequences of drinking in 24 women with HIV Infection

From: Perceived benefits and negative consequences of alcohol consumption in women living with HIV: a qualitative study

  Reasons for drinking Consequences of drinking
Biological • Addiction
• To feel better
• Manage pain
• Not taking medications
• Blackouts
• Physical damage   to body
Psychological • To feel in control
• Coping – escaping
• Low self-esteem
• Get through bad experiences
• To have courage/confidence
• Changes in behavior
• Poor choices and   decisions
• Sexual risk taking
Social • Socialize
• Influenced by friends
• Influenced by family/parents
• Neglect
• End up in jail
• Loss: respect, job,   relationships