Comparison of patterns of substance abuse in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

Taha Amir

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    Abstract

    The aim of the present study was to compare the patterns of substance abuse in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). One hundred and twenty substance abusers from the KSA and 79 substance abusers from the UAE participated. AH participants were males. Age, education, age at onset of abuse, substances abused, duration of abuse, mode of abuse, and employment were investigated. Analysis of the data revealed some similarities including age, employment, and substances prevalent among poly-substance abusers. Differences in patterns of substance abuse included age at onset, prevalence of poly-substance abuse, and substances prevalent among single-substances abusers. The findings are discussed and compared with previous reports. Recommendations for future studies are made.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)519-530
    Number of pages12
    JournalSocial Behavior and Personality
    Volume29
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2001

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology

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