alcohol misuse

Parental problem drinking and its impact on children

This review of the available research will address the definition and extent of parental problem drinking; its impact across important dimensions of children’s lives; the impact on children as they become adults; and some messages for practice, including a suggested service specification. The research focus is mainly on UK studies published in the last two decades, supplemented by research from other countries, especially the USA, Australia and Europe.

Alcohol attributable mortality and morbidity : alcohol population attributable fractions for Scotland

Summary of the findings of a study which attempted, for the first time, to calculate alcohol population attributable fractions for Scotland using estimates based on evidence available in the epidemiological literature and specific estimates of population drinking in Scotland. The mortality and morbidity data for 2003 was used to estimate more fully the burden of alcohol related harm in Scotland.

The effect of alcohol advertising, marketing and portrayal on drinking behaviour in young people : systematic review of prospective cohort studies

Study evaluating the relationship between exposure to alcohol advertising, marketing and portrayal and subsequent drinking behaviour in young people through systematic review of cohort (longitudinal) studies.

How much are people in Scotland really drinking?

Alcohol is a significant and growing problem in Scotland in terms of mortality, morbidity and social harm. From 2001 to 2005, alcohol-related deaths rose by 15% and general hospital admissions by 7% while recent results from the Scottish Crime and Victimisation Survey indicate that more people view alcohol as a serious social problem. Yet surveys of alcohol consumption suggest that Scots may be drinking less. As they are the main source of data for national monitoring of drinking behaviour, it is important that survey estimates of alcohol consumption are as robust as possible.

Alcohol and ageing : is alcohol a major threat to healthy ageing for the baby boomers?

Report examining the drinking patterns of the "baby boomer" generation (those born between 1945 and 1965) and assessing the health implications of higher than recommended drinking in old age. Its main conclusion is that age-based sensible drinking limits should be introduced.

Am I at risk of developing dementia?

The Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. They produce information and advice sheets to support those affected by dementia. This information sheet explains what is known about the risks associated with different types of dementia and gives some advice on how people can reduce their risk.

Attitudes towards alcohol: views of the general pubic, problem drinkers, alcohol service users and their families and friends

Research that highlight's some important issues surrounding the role alcohol plays in society, perceptions of what constitutes problem drinking and awareness of and attitudes towards services. It also explores perceptions of 'what works'. A problem for policy-makers is the questionable compatibility of strategies to, on the one hand, stress that ‘getting legless’ is not normal or socially acceptable, while on the other, trying to reduce stigmatisation associated with alcohol problems so as to encourage people to seek help through services.

Working with families affected by parental substance misuse: a research review 

This report has been produced under the auspices of the Scottish Child Care and Protection Network (SCCPN). SCCPN aims to increase access to and use of research evidence in practice. The review has been undertaken in response to practitioners who have requested more information on what makes for best practice in working with families where parental substance misuse is a factor. It has also been undertaken in response to a brief set out by the Scottish Government (2008) in The Road to Recovery, the most recent strategy on drugs.

Living with social evils - the voices of unheard groups

Paper dealing with the social evils of UK society as experienced by people whose voices are not usually heard. Workshops/discussion groups with lone parents, ex-offenders, unemployed and other vulnerable and socially excluded people were used to explore personal experiences of living and coping with social evils. Ideas for overcoming them suggest a combined individual and collective responsibility to take forward social change.