Journal article

Alcohol purchasing by ill heavy drinkers; cheap alcohol is no single commodity

J Gill, J Chick, H Black, C Rees, F O'May, R Rush, BA McPake

Public Health | W B SAUNDERS CO LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Potential strategies to address alcohol misuse remain contentious. We aim to characterise the drink purchases of one population group: heavy drinkers in contact with Scottish health services. We contrast our findings with national sales data and explore the impact of socio-economic status on purchasing behaviour. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study comparing alcohol purchasing and consumption by heavy drinkers in Edinburgh and Glasgow during 2012. METHODS: 639 patients with serious health problems linked to alcohol (recruited within NHS hospital clinics (in- and out-patient settings) 345 in Glasgow, 294 in Edinburgh) responded to a questionnaire documenting demographic data and l..

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Awarded by Chief Scientist Office, Scotland


Awarded by Alcohol Research UK


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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported financially by the Chief Scientist Office, Scotland (CZH/4/645); Alcohol Research UK (R2011/01); NHS Health Scotland; NHS Lothian Foundation Trust and in kind by the Scottish Mental Health Research Network.