The present communication focuses on a sociocultural perspective of substance use in a pluralistic and diverse culture.
India has a history of use of plant products, viz., cannabis, opium, and home-brewed alcoholic beverages, within a defined sociocultural framework over five millennium.
Cross-sectional epidemiological studies in the field of substance use in different parts of India show that certain social groups are more « vulnerable » to substance use.
Caste, religion, and local customs and traditions play a significant role in the choice of drugs, their consumption, and their control in rural/semiurban populations.
The intercultural barriers are diminishing in urban populations, and even alien drugs like heroin have been introduced.
The social and cultural implications of the traditional vis-à-vis the altering drug use scene are discussed at length.
Mots-clés Pascal : Consommation, Substance toxicomanogène, Inde, Asie, Milieu culturel, Environnement social, Ethnologie, Religion, Hindouisme, Homme, Groupe social, Epidémiologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Consumption, Drug of abuse, India, Asia, Cultural environment, Social environment, Ethnology, Religion, Hinduism, Human, Social group, Epidemiology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0005644
Code Inist : 002B18H03. Création : 21/05/1997.