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A descriptive study of kava use among Tongan men in Macarthur, Sydney South West.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18782391     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To describe the pattern of kava use among Tongan men in Macarthur.
METHODS: A kava use survey of Tongan men was conducted between May and October 2006.
RESULTS: Seventy-three Tongan men aged over 18 completed the survey, 90% drank kava regularly at least twice a week with 20 or more cups per session. During the kava sessions the men also reported smoking (26%), drinking alcohol (15%) and consuming foods with high fat or sugar content (29%). Feelings of euphoria were reported during session with alcohol-like hang-over effects the next day. Socialisation was the main reason given for drinking kava.
CONCLUSIONS: Kava is consumed regularly and in large quantities by Tongan men in Macarthur. They also consume fatty or sugary foods during the sessions and the smoking rate is high.
IMPLICATIONS: There is a need to reduce smoking and promote the consumption of healthier foods during kava sessions.
Della Maneze; Anau Speizer; Noeline Dalton; Sarah Dennis
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australian and New Zealand journal of public health     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1326-0200     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Public Health     Publication Date:  2008 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-10     Completed Date:  2008-10-17     Revised Date:  2014-07-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9611095     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Public Health     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  314-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
Dietary Carbohydrates
Dietary Fats
Interpersonal Relations*
Middle Aged
New South Wales / epidemiology
Nutrition Surveys
Nutritional Status
Sex Factors
Social Identification*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Dietary Carbohydrates; 0/Dietary Fats

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