Journal article

An N-of-1 study of daily alcohol consumption following minimum unit pricing implementation in Scotland

Dominika Kwasnicka, Massoud Boroujerdi, Aileen O'Gorman, Martin Anderson, Peter Craig, Louise Bowman, Mark McCann

Addiction | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Within the context of Scotland's policy change to implement a minimum unit price (MUP) per unit of alcohol sold in licensed premises, this study used an N-of-1 design to assess between-person differences in the psychological and social factors associated with daily alcohol consumption. DESIGN AND SETTING: A mixed-methods approach combined N-of-1 observational studies, comprising daily surveys followed by qualitative social network interviews (not reported here). Peer researchers with lived experience of substance use were involved in the study design and fieldwork was conducted in towns and rural areas in the East of Scotland. PARTICIPANTS/CASES: Twenty-five adults with ..

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Grants

Awarded by MRC partnership grant


Awarded by Medical Research Council/Chief Scientist Office Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Complexity (SPHSU14) programme


Awarded by Medical Research Council/Chief Scientist Office Social and Public Health Sciences Unit relationships (SPHSU11) programme


Awarded by Medical Research Council/Chief Scientist Office Social and Public Health Sciences Unit policy (SPHSU15) programme


Awarded by Medical Research Council/Chief Scientist Office Social and Public Health Sciences Unit inequalities (SPHSU13) programme


Funding Acknowledgements

Alcohol Change UK has funded this study: . M.McC. was supported by MRC partnership grant (MC/PC/13027), M.McC., M.A. and P.C. are part of the Medical Research Council/Chief Scientist Office Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Complexity (MC_UU_12017/14; SPHSU14); relationships (MC_UU_12017/11; SPHSU11), policy (MC_UU_12017/15; SPHSU15), and inequalities (MC_UU_12017/13; SPHSU13) programmes. Thanks to Sarah Rhynas and Sam Bowman for supporting photovoice workshops with participants. Thanks to Clare Beeston, Mark Robinson, Gerard Gallagher, Felix Naughton and Derek Johnston for comments on the report and manuscript, and Wulf Livingston at Glyndwr University for advice and support throughout the study. Thanks to David Liddell, Emma Hamilton, and the peer researchers at the Scottish Drugs Forum for their expertise and hard work throughout the study, and to the study participants for sharing their time and experiences with the research team.