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Revista de la Asociación Española de Especialistas en Medicina del Trabajo

On-line version ISSN 3020-1160Print version ISSN 1132-6255


RUIZ-FLORES BISTUER, Miguel et al. Quantified alcohol consumption versus perception in Spanish work population. Rev Asoc Esp Espec Med Trab [online]. 2018, vol.27, n.2, pp.100-109.  Epub Dec 28, 2020. ISSN 3020-1160.


alcohol consumption is a global concern in Public Health for its effects and impact on family, personal and working lives of ordinary consumers or in excess.


to assess the prevalence of alcohol consumption in public service sector workers, to assess a consumption profile and the concordance between quantified and perceived consumption, as well as the influence of sociodemographic and labor variables.

Material and Method:

cross-sectional study of 1.180 public administration services sector workers in Spanish Mediterranean area from January to December 2011. Sociodemographic and labor variables and quantifying alcohol consumption UBE and AUDIT perception are analysed.


81.78% had consumed alcohol in the last month, mainly men and in levels of moderate-severe consumption. Alcohol consumption is related to: cultural level, social class and type of work performed. There are discrepancies between the perception of alcohol consumption measured by the AUDIT, and consumption recorded calculated by the UBE.


the perception of risk consumption is low compared to the quantified risk. Training campaigns and Health Promotion are recommenced in companies oriented toward an adequate knowledge of alcohol consumption risk.

Keywords : alcohol consumption Prevalence; Public health; Occupational health.

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