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Holmes, John and Lovatt, Melanie and Ally, Abdallah and Brennan, Alan and Meier, Petra [Alcohol Research UK] . (2016) A new approach to measuring drinking cultures in Britain. London: Alcohol Research UK. 77 p.

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Key findings:
A typology of British drinking occasions can be constructed which identifies eight distinct occasion types. This typology has face validity with focus groups of drinkers.
• Drinking at increasing and high risk levels occurs in a diverse range of drinking occasions including drinking in the home and at other people’s houses, and extends well beyond caricatures of youth binge drinking in urban centres
• Our study does not support a representation of the British drinking culture as one which is characterised by excessive consumption and drinking to intoxication, although this is one aspect of the culture
• High risk occasions are found across all age, sex and socioeconomic groups but the majority occur within those aged over 35 and of high socioeconomic status
• Drinkers of lower socioeconomic status have fewer occasions but consume more per occasion, which may partly account for the paradox that drinkers of lower socioeconomic status have higher alcohol-related mortality rates despite being less likely to drink and having lower average weekly consumption if they do so.
• Policy-relevant factors such as price and health considerations influenced participants’ drinking occasions, but these intersected with and were filtered through drinkers’ own experiences and circumstances

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Alcohol Research UK
Date:April 2016
Pages:77 p.
Publisher:Alcohol Research UK
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health services, substance use research
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors
L Social psychology and related concepts > Social context
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Sociocultural aspects of substance use > Sociocultural substance use
R Research > Research and evaluation method
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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