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Correlates of the perceived health risks of marijuana use among Australian adults

Author(s): Nelson, J.

Journal/Book: Drug Alcohol Rev. 1996; 15: PO Box 25, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England OX14 3UE. Carfax Publ Co. 137-143.

Abstract: A quota sample of 3272 people from the Australian population was surveyed by telephone about the health risks of marijuana use. Three-fifths of the sample (62%) believed that there were health problems caused by marijuana use and one in four (27%) were uncertain. The most commonly cited health effects were: lung cancer, mental problems, memory loss and respiratory disease. The health risks of marijuana use were perceived to increase with increasing frequency of use, and to be greater when the user was a teenager rather than an adult. The perceived health risks of marijuana increased with age, were higher among women than men, decreased with increasing education and frequency and quantity of alcohol and were substantially lower among those who had used marijuana, and those who knew someone who had used marijuana.

Note: Article W Hall, Univ New S Wales, Natl Drug & Alcohol Res Ctr, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia

Keyword(s): health risks and marijuana; marijuana use


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