International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 62, Issue 6, pp 669–678 | Cite as

The effects of alcohol-related harms to others on self-perceived mental well-being in a Canadian sample

  • Candace Lewis-Laietmark
  • Ashley Wettlaufer
  • Kevin D. Shield
  • Norman GiesbrechtEmail author
  • Nicole April
  • Mark Asbridge
  • Colleen Dell
  • Jürgen Rehm
  • Tim Stockwell
Original Article



To examine (1) the harms related to the drinking of others in five Canadian provinces, stratified by socio-demographic variables, and (2) the relationship between these harms and mental well-being.


A telephone survey sampled 375 adults from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. Harms related to the drinking of others were measured through 16 questions in the domains of psychological, physical, social, and financial harms. Self-perceived mental well-being was measured with his or her mental well-being.


In 2012, 40.1% of Canadian adults surveyed experienced harm in the previous year related to the drinking of another person. These harms were more frequent among people who had a higher education level, were widowed, separated, divorced or never married, and were employed. Psychological, physical, and financial harms related to the drinking of others were significantly correlated to a person’s mental well-being.


Harms related to the drinking of others are prevalent in this Canadian survey. Furthermore, the psychological, physical, and financial harms related to the drinking of others negatively impact the mental well-being of the affected individuals.


Alcohol Harm to others Mental well-being Canada Survey 


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors have no competing interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Candace Lewis-Laietmark
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ashley Wettlaufer
    • 2
  • Kevin D. Shield
    • 2
    • 3
  • Norman Giesbrecht
    • 2
    • 4
    Email author
  • Nicole April
    • 5
  • Mark Asbridge
    • 6
  • Colleen Dell
    • 7
  • Jürgen Rehm
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 8
  • Tim Stockwell
    • 9
  1. 1.School of Community HealthPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Mental Health Policy ResearchCentre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)TorontoCanada
  3. 3.Institute of Medical ScienceUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  4. 4.Dalla Lana School of Public HealthUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  5. 5.Institut national de santé publique du QuébecQuébec CityCanada
  6. 6.Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and Department of Emergency MedicineDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  7. 7.University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  8. 8.Institute of Clinical Psychology and PsychotherapyTechnische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany
  9. 9.Centre for Addictions Research of BCUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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