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Laslett, Anne-Marie and Rankin, Georgia and Waleewong, Orratai and Callinan, Sarah and Hoang, Hanh T M and Florenzano, Ramon and Hettige, Siri and Obot, Isidore and Siengsounthone, Latsamy and Ibanga, Akanidomo and Hope, Ann and Landberg, Jonas and Vu, Hanh T M and Thamarangsi, Thaksaphon and Rekve, Dag and Room, Robin (2017) A multi-country study of harms to children because of others' drinking. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs , 78 , (2) , pp. 195-202.

OBJECTIVE
This study aims to ascertain and compare the prevalence and correlates of alcohol-related harms to children cross-nationally.

METHOD
National and regional sample surveys of randomly selected households included 7,848 carers (4,223 women) from eight countries (Australia, Chile, Ireland, Lao People's Democratic Republic [PDR], Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam). Country response rates ranged from 35% to 99%. Face-to-face or telephone surveys asking about harm from others' drinking to children ages 0-17 years were conducted, including four specific harms: that because of others' drinking in the past year children had been (a) physically hurt, (b) verbally abused, (c) exposed to domestic violence, or (d) left unsupervised.

RESULTS
The prevalence of alcohol-related harms to children varied from a low of 4% in Lao PDR to 14% in Vietnam. Alcohol-related harms to children were reported by a substantial minority of families in most countries, with only Lao PDR and Nigeria reporting significantly lower levels of harm. Alcohol-related harms to children were dispersed sociodemographically and were concentrated in families with heavy drinkers.

CONCLUSIONS
Family-level drinking patterns were consistently identified as correlates of harm to children because of others' drinking, whereas sociodemographic factors showed few obvious correlations.


Item Type:Article
Date:March 2017
Page Range:pp. 195-202
Volume:78
Number:2
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Problem substance use
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship
T Demographic characteristics > Child of substance user
VA Geographic area > International aspects
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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