Sociocultural aspects of areca nut use

Addict Biol. 2002 Jan;7(1):147-54. doi: 10.1080/135562101200100147.


This paper aims to describe the sociocultural context of areca nut use through exploring people's norms and values and the meaning underlying a wide range of different practices. A historical review is followed by an examination of more recent evidence, including quantitative and qualitative research conducted in the United Kingdom. It is concluded that some reports involving the various uses of areca nut and the conclusions drawn are confusing and that future studies need to be more explicit. While a sound scientific background is required, important sociocultural and religious issues around areca nut use must also be understood if health promotion initiatives are to be considered.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Africa / ethnology
  • Areca* / adverse effects
  • Asia / ethnology
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Emigration and Immigration
  • Ethnicity / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Melanesia / ethnology
  • Social Values*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / ethnology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control
  • United Kingdom