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Harm from Known Others' Drinking by Relationship Proximity to the Harmful Drinker and Gender: A Meta-Analysis Across 10 Countries

Oliver Stanesby, Sarah Callinan, Kathryn Graham, Ingrid M Wilson, Thomas K Greenfield, Sharon C Wilsnack, Siri Hettige, Thi My Hanh Hoang, Latsamy Siengsounthone, Orratai Waleewong, Anne-Marie Laslett



BACKGROUND: Drinking is a common activity with friends or at home but is associated with harms within both close and extended relationships. This study investigates associations between having a close proximity relationship with a harmful drinker and likelihood of experiencing harms from known others' drinking for men and women in 10 countries. METHODS: Data about alcohol's harms to others from national/regional surveys from 10 countries were used. Gender-stratified random-effects meta-analysis compared the likelihood of experiencing each, and at least 1, of 7 types of alcohol-related harm in the last 12 months, between those who identified someone in close proximity to them (a partner, fami..

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Awarded by U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/ National Institutes of Health

Awarded by Australia (NHMRC)

Awarded by United States (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/National Institutes of Health)


Funding Acknowledgements

The data used in this study are from the GENAHTO Project (Gender and Alcohol's Harm to Others), supported by NIAAA Grant No. R01 AA023870 (Alcohol's Harm to Others: Multinational Cultural Contexts and Policy Implications). GENAHTO is a collaborative international project affiliated with the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol and coordinated by research partners from the Alcohol Research Group/Public Health Institute (USA), University of North Dakota (USA), Aarhus University (Denmark), the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Canada), the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research at La Trobe University (Australia), and the Addiction Switzerland Research Institute (Switzerland). Support for aspects of the project has come from the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Commission (Concerted Action QLG4-CT-2001-0196), the Pan American Health Organization, the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (THPF), the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC Grant No. 1065610), and the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/ National Institutes of Health (Grants R21 AA012941, R01 AA015775, R01 AA022791, R01 AA023870, and P50 AA005595). Support for individual country surveys was provided by government agencies and other national sources. National funds also contributed to collection of all of the data sets included in WHO projects. Study directors for the survey data sets used in this study have reviewed the study in terms of the project's objective and the accuracy and representation of their contributed data. The study directors and funding sources for data sets used in this report are as follows: Australia (Robin Room, Anne-Marie Laslett, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education and NHMRC Grant 1090904)); Chile (Ramon Florenzano, THPF, WHO); India (Vivek Benegal and Girish Rao, THPF, WHO); Lao PDR (Latsamy Siengsounthe, THPF, WHO); New Zealand (Sally Casswell and Taisia Huckle, Health Research Council of New Zealand); Nigeria (Isidore Obot and Akanidomo Ibanga, THPF, WHO); Sri Lanka (Siri Hettige, THPF, WHO); Thailand (Orratai Waleewong and Jintana Janchotkaew, THPF, WHO); the United States (Thomas Greenfield and Katherine Karriker-Jaffe, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism/National Institutes of Health (Grant No. R01 AA022791)); Vietnam (Hanh T.M. Hoang and Hanh T.M. Vu, THPF, WHO). Opinions are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institutes of Health, the WHO, and other sponsoring institutions (GENAHTO survey information at