Perceptions of alcohol risk among people on antiretroviral treatment in South Africa: a qualitative study

SOURCE: Journal of Psychology in Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2014
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.Pengpid, K.Peltzer
KEYWORDS: ADOLESCENT BOYS, ANTIRETROVIRAL THERAPY, HIV/AIDS, RISK BEHAVIOUR
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 8493
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/2096
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2096

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Abstract

This study explored perceptions of alcohol abuse risk among people on antiretroviral treatment (ART) who self-identified as alcohol users. Twenty six people receiving ART from an out-patient setting were interviewed on their alcohol abuse risk perception. Data were thematically analysed. Findings suggest participants developed routines to drink alcohol around the times they took their antiretroviral medications to reduce adverse impact. They also reported alcohol abuse risk reduction strategies such as reducing alcohol use because of the event of an HIV positive diagnosis and/or getting on antiretroviral treatment, and alcohol use reduction following health education or counselling by health care staff. These findings suggest a need for alcohol interventions tailored to ART patients.