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Predictors of hazardous drinking among home drinkers

Predictors of hazardous drinking among home drinkers

Foster, John ORCID: 0000-0002-7662-8203 (2017) Predictors of hazardous drinking among home drinkers. Journal of Substance Use, 22 (6). pp. 637-642. ISSN 1465-9891 (Print), 1475-9942 (Online) (doi:

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Introduction and Aims:
The United Kingdom has witnessed a shift from drinking in bars to drinking at home- to date this phenomenon has received little international attention. The aim of this study was to examine the predictors of Hazardous drinking (HD) levels when drinking at home.

An internet survey of university staff (n=488).

Following an elimination process (p < 0.05) a regression analysis was conducting using AUDIT scores as cut-offs of > 6 females, and >8 males, these are consistent with most international research.

There were 286 hazardous drinkers (HD) (181, females 63.3%) and (105 males 36.7%). The variables that predicted HD were female (OR=5.42 95% CI 1.87-15.66), younger age, greater frequency of consuming alcohol at home, preloading (drinking before going out), purchasing alcohol in an off licence and drinking alcohol at home because it is cheaper than drinking out.

Discussion and Conclusions:
These findings point to an interaction of gender, age purchasing patterns and motivations contributing to hazardous drinking at home and indicate further profitable areas of national and international research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hazardous drinking; Home drinking; Reasons for drinking at home; Predict factors
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Department of Family Care & Mental Health
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Health & Society Research Group
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2020 11:27
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 4
Selected for REF2021: REF 2

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