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Cross-sectional surveys of financial harm associated with others’ drinking in 15 countries: Unequal effects on women?

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  • Anne-Marie Laslett, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia, Australia
  • Heng Jiang, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia, Australia
  • Sandra Kuntsche, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia, Australia
  • Oliver Stanesby, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia, Australia
  • Sharon Wilsnack, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Grand Forks, ND, USA, United States
  • Erica Sundin, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital, The Swedish Council for Information on Alcohol and Other Drugs (CAN), Sweden
  • Orratai Waleewong, Health Promotion Policy Research Center; International Health Policy Program, Ministry of Public Health, Nonthaburi, Thailand, Thailand
  • Thomas K Greenfield, Alcohol Research Group, Public Health Institute, Emeryville, CA, United States
  • Kathryn Graham, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto/London, Canada, Canada
  • Kim Bloomfield
Introduction and aims
That physical, emotional and social problems occur not only to drinkers, but also to others they connect with, is increasingly acknowledged. Financial harms from others’ drinking have been seldom studied at the population level, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Whether financial harm and costs from others’ drinking inequitably affect women is little known. The study’s aim is to compare estimates and correlates of alcohol’s financial harm to others than the drinker in 15 countries.

Methods and materials
Cross-sectional surveys of Alcohol’s Harm To Others (AHTO) were conducted in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, India, Ireland, Lao PDR, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the US and Vietnam. Participants: 17,670 men and 20,947 women. Measurement: The prevalence of financial harm in the last year was assessed as financial trouble and/or less money available for household expenses because of someone else’s drinking. Analysis: Meta-analysis and country-level logistic regression of financial harm (vs. none), adjusted for gender, age, education, rurality and participant drinking.

Results
Under 3.2 % of respondents in most high-income countries reported financial harm due to others’ drinking, whereas 12–22 % did in Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. Financial harm from others’ drinking was significantly more common among women than men in nine countries. Among men and women, financial harm was significantly more prevalent in low- and middle- than in high-income countries.

Conclusions
Reports of financial harm from others’ drinking are more common among women than among men, and in low- and middle-income than in high-income countries.
Original languageEnglish
Article number107949
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Volume211
Number of pages9
ISSN0376-8716
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Financial harm, Harm to others, Alcohol, Gender and socioeconomic inequities, Cross-Sectional surveys, International comparisons

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