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McCambridge, Jim and Conlon, Paul and Keaney, F and Wanigaratne, Shamil and Strang, John (2004) Patterns of alcohol consumption and problems among the Irish in London: A preliminary comparison of pub drinkers in London and Dublin. Addiction Research & Theory , 12 , (4) , pp. 373-38.

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Alcohol-related morbidity and mortality rates among the Irish in England and Wales are higher than both other ethnic minorities and the general population. Higher consumption per episode of drinking is responsible for higher overall mean consumption levels among the Irish. Patterns of consumption and problems among the Irish were investigated in two samples recruited in pubs in London and Dublin. Mean weekly alcohol consumption was found to be higher - by approximately 50% - in the London sample with more high-risk drinking a result of more frequent drinking patterns.

Hazardous drinking was strongly normative among young Irish people in both London and Dublin. The distinct Irish style of drinking - greater quantities per episode - and the English pattern of more frequent drinking combine to produce elevated risk among the Irish in London. Irish drinking patterns in general, and the alcohol-related needs of the young Irish in Britain in particular, require further study to better understand the nature of risk and to prevent harm.


Item Type:Article
Date:2004
Page Range:pp. 373-38
Publisher:Informa healthcare
Volume:12
Number:4
Keywords:alcohol consumption, Dublin, Ireland, London, problem alcohol use
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Accession Number:HRB 4052 (Available)
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Subjects:A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence of drugs and alcohol use > Problem drugs and alcohol use
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence of drugs and alcohol use > Drugs and alcohol use behaviour > Alcohol consumption

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