Alcoholism is a serious health problem and is a major cause of disrupted family life, automobile and industrial accidents, poor job performance and increasing crime rates. The aim of my study is to assess the pattern of alcohol use and associated high risk behaviours among alcohol dependent individuals in a selected de- addiction centre at Mangalore. A descriptive design was used in the study. The sample consisted of 60 alcohol dependent individuals selected by convenient sampling method. Questionnaire on pattern of alcohol use and high risk behaviours were administered to collect data. The results of this study showed that 23.3% of subjects consumed 100 to 250 ml of alcohol almost everyday or everyday and 28.3% were unable to stop drinking once they started. 18.3% of subjects consumed spirits almost everyday/ everyday and 10% began their day with drinking. Among the subjects (41.7%) were unable to stay without drinking alcohol for a week. Highest risk (48%) was seen in the domain of self injury whereas the lowest risk was seen in the domain of sexual behaviour (17%).There was moderate positive correlation (r=0.450) between pattern of alcohol use and high risk behaviours of alcohol dependent individuals. There was a significant association of pattern of alcohol use (p=0.035) and high risk behaviours to the religion of the subjects (p=0.038).
De-Addiction centre; Pattern of alcohol use; High risk behaviours.