The relationship between alcohol consumption and self-reported health status using the EQ5D: Evidence from rural Australia

Petrie, Dennis, Doran, Chris, Shakeshaft, Anthony and Sanson-Fisher, Rob (2008) The relationship between alcohol consumption and self-reported health status using the EQ5D: Evidence from rural Australia. Social Science and Medicine, 67 11: 1717-1726. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.09.017


Author Petrie, Dennis
Doran, Chris
Shakeshaft, Anthony
Sanson-Fisher, Rob
Title The relationship between alcohol consumption and self-reported health status using the EQ5D: Evidence from rural Australia
Journal name Social Science and Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0277-9536
1873-5347
Publication date 2008-12-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.09.017
Open Access Status
Volume 67
Issue 11
Start page 1717
End page 1726
Total pages 10
Editor E Annadale
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Subject C1
920414 Substance Abuse
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Abstract Alcohol misuse represents one of the leading causes of preventable death, illness and injury in Australia. Extensive research exists estimating the effect of risky alcohol use on mortality, but little research quantifies the impact of risky alcohol consumption on morbidity. Such estimates are required to more precisely measure the benefit of interventions aimed at reducing risky alcohol use. Ordered probit and tobit models are used in this research to analyse the impact of risky drinking on self-reported health status using questionnaire data from an age and gender stratified sample drawn from 20 rural communities in New South Wales which are part of a large randomised controlled trial of community based alcohol interventions. It is found that risky alcohol use is associated with lower self-reported health; however, the average effect is small apart for those drinking at very-high risk. The effect of alcohol on morbidity, derived from the current analyses, is lower than that commonly used in current economics analyses. If this is accurate for geographical regions other than rural Australia, then from a policy viewpoint, these economic analyses may tend to overemphasise interventions which are morbidity reducing, such as taxation, and place undue focus on alcohol as a risk factor and consequently adversely impact resource allocation decisions.
Keyword Australia
Alcohol consumption
Self-reported health
QALY
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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