Mortality among a cohort of heavy drinkers in Edinburgh & Glasgow

Mortality among a cohort of heavy drinkers in Edinburgh & Glasgow

This report presents a secondary analysis of data derived from a study of the drinking characteristics of heavy drinkers in Scotland.

Recommendations

  1. Findings provide important questions to be addressed in larger scale studies.

  2. Further work should be conducted to explore the particular needs of female heavy drinkers, and must recognise the additional needs of those living within Glasgow. This should include issues around mental health especially against a background of social service cuts and the introduction of measures impacting on the sale or availability of alcohol.

  3. An exploration of the factors supporting the key role of vodka and white cider in Scottish drinking culture is warranted. Do specific aspects of these drinks including, low price (i) support the continuation of the drinking behaviour of the heaviest drinkers and; (ii) crucially (but not discussed in this report) the recruitment of young drinkers to a heavy, and eventually harmful, drinking pattern?

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Created Date: 15th Apr 2017
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