Factors Related to Anxiety Among Tuak Drinkers in Lapo Tuak

Author(s): Elmeida Effendy*, Akhyar Hamonangan Nasution, Rudy Yusuf, Bayu Ariatama and M Rio Khaddafi


Introduction: Each region or ethnicity commonly has certain distinguished culinary heritage, including Batak Toba ethnicity, originated from Sumatera Utara province, Indonesia that is also known for their traditional alcoholic beverage, known as Tuak. Consumption of alcohol has been reported to contribute to the occurrence of addiction and other psychiatric syndromes, including anxiety.

Aim: This study is intended to investigate factors related to anxiety scores in tuak drinkers. Method: 72 tuak drinkers from 4 districts of Medan were recruited by using cluster sampling method. Anxiety was measured by using Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale – Anxiety (HADS-A) questionnaire and multiple linear regression was used to determine factors related to anxiety scores.

Result: Length of education, monthly income, and total score of Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT) are found to be independent factors related to anxiety scores in Tuak drinkers (R2=82.9%).

Conclusion: The result of this study may become important evidence to promote mental wellbeing support in the future

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