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Table 2 Comparisons of substance use among MSM with a lower and higher level of psychological distress

From: Mental health among men who have sex with men in Cambodia: Implications for integration of mental health services within HIV programmes

Substance use in the past 3 months Total Total GHQ-12 score
(n = 394) ≤3 (n = 241) >3 (n = 153) p-value*
Drank at least a full glass or one can of alcohol 247 (88.1) 206 (85.5) 141 (92.2) 0.04
Mean number of days getting drunk (past month) 5.1 ± 6.7 8.4 ± 9.0 8.2 ± 5.8 0.93
Smoked at least 100 cigarettes in lifetime 77 (19.5) 40 (16.6) 37 (24.2) 0.14
Mean number of cigarettes smoked per day 8.3 ± 7.6 8.4 ± 9.0 8.2 ± 5.8 0.93
Used any kinds of illicit drugs (past three months) 20 (5.1) 5 (2.1) 15 (9.8) 0.001
  1. GHQ general health questionnaire, MSM men who have sex with men
  2. Values are number (%) for categorical variables and mean ± SD for continuous variables
  3. *Chi-square test was used for categorical variables and Student’s t-test was used for continuous variables