Advertisement

Social psychiatry

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 65–73 | Cite as

Self-reported alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems: A study in four Scottish towns

  • Martin A. Plant
  • Fiona Pirie
Other Papers

Summary

Self-reports of alcohol consumption among representative random samples of respondents in four Scottish towns were collected on two occasions by means of identical surveys. The towns were Ayr and Glasgow in the South and Aberdeen and Inverness in the North. Results showed that respondents in the North were significantly more likely to be drinkers than those in the South. There were considerable local variations in drinking patterns, and no clear relationship was evident between the proportion of drinkers or abstainers in any one town and the proportion of who were “heavy drinkers”. Even so, the relative levels of self-reported average alcohol consumption in the four towns were closely related to the rates of alcohol-related crimes, morbidity and mortality.

Keywords

Public Health Alcohol Alcohol Consumption Random Sample Local Variation 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Cahalan, D., Room, R.: Problem Drinking Among American Men, Publications Division, Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies. New Jersey: New Brunswick 1974Google Scholar
  2. Dight, S.: Scottish Drinking Habits, London, Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, Social Survey Division, H. M. S. O., 1976Google Scholar
  3. Edwards, G.: Epidemiology Applied to Alcoholism: a Review and Examination of Purposes, Quart. J. Stud. Alc.34, 28–56 (1973)Google Scholar
  4. Grant, M.: Understanding Alcohol and Alcoholism in Scotland. Edinburgh: Scottish Health Education Unit 1976Google Scholar
  5. Kessel, N., Walton, H.: Alcoholism. Harmondsworth: Pelican 1974Google Scholar
  6. Kish, L.: A Procedure for Objective Respondent Selection within the Household, J. Amer. Stat. Assoc.44, 380–387 (1949)Google Scholar
  7. Makela, K.: Level of Consumption and Social Consequences of Drinking, Seminar on the Medico-Social Risks of Alcohol Consumption, Luxembourg-Kirchberg, November 16–18, 1977Google Scholar
  8. O'Connor, J.: The Young Drinkers, London: Tavistock 1978Google Scholar
  9. Pernanen, K.: Validity of Survey Data of Alcohol Use, Alcohol and Drug Problems, Vol. 1, pp 355–374, ed. Gibbins, R. J., Israel, Y., Kalant, H., Popham, R. E., Schmidt, D. W., Smart, R. G. New York: John Wiley 1974Google Scholar
  10. Plant, M. A.: Alcoholism in Scotland, New Psychiatry2, 25, 12–13 (1975)Google Scholar
  11. Plant, M. A., Miller, T. I.: Disguised and Undisguised Questionnaires Compared: Two Alternative Approaches to Drinking Behaviour Surveys, Social Psychiatry12, 21–24 (1977)Google Scholar
  12. Plant, M. A., Pirie, F., Kreitman, N.: Evaluation of the Scottish Health Education Unit's 1976 Campaign on Alcoholism, Social Psychiatry (In press) 1979Google Scholar
  13. Schmidt, D. W.: Analysis of Alcohol Consumption Data. The Use of Consumption Data for Research Purposes, Report on Conference on Epidemiology of Drug Dependence, London (W. H. O.), 57–66 (1972)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin A. Plant
    • 1
  • Fiona Pirie
    • 1
  1. 1.MRC Unit for Epidemiological Studies in PsychiatryUniversity Department of Psychiatry, Royal Edinburgh HospitalEdinburghUK

Personalised recommendations