Reporting of problematic drinkers and the harm they cause: assessing the role of alcohol use, sex, and age of those affected by a problematic drinker

Ferris, Jason, Devaney, Madonna, Davis, Gabrielle and Mazerolle, Lorraine (2016) Reporting of problematic drinkers and the harm they cause: assessing the role of alcohol use, sex, and age of those affected by a problematic drinker. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 24 1: 48-54. doi:10.1037/pha0000060


Author Ferris, Jason
Devaney, Madonna
Davis, Gabrielle
Mazerolle, Lorraine
Title Reporting of problematic drinkers and the harm they cause: assessing the role of alcohol use, sex, and age of those affected by a problematic drinker
Journal name Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1936-2293
1064-1297
Publication date 2016-02-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/pha0000060
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 24
Issue 1
Start page 48
End page 54
Total pages 7
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract This study explores survey respondents’ reports of alcohol-related harm created by another person’s drinking and whether the experience of harm was influenced by the respondent’s own risky drinking behavior and other relevant personal demographics (age and sex). Drawing from a cross-sectional survey of Australian adults, the study analyzes the likelihood that frequent risky drinkers, infrequent risky drinkers, nonrisky drinkers, and nondrinkers would report a problematic drinker and the different harms experienced as a result of the problematic drinker. The study also examines the type of harms experienced and the number of different harms experienced. Both unadjusted and adjusted models (accounting for age and sex) are reported. Results showed that respondents’ own drinking behavior influenced their reporting of a problematic drinker and the breadth of harms reported. More frequent risky drinkers reported a problematic drinker than did nonrisky drinkers, but the difference in odds was not significant between nondrinkers and nonrisky drinkers, nor between infrequent risky drinkers and frequent risky drinkers. The reported average number of harms for infrequent and frequent risky drinking categories was less than that for nondrinkers but was not significant. There was a nonlinear negative relationship between the age of the respondent and the probability of reporting a problematic drinker, and, after accounting for age, compared to men, women were significantly more likely to report a problematic drinker. The study highlights some evidence for the effect that individuals who drink at riskier levels may experience more harms due to their heavier drinking social networks but downplay these experiences that others cause.
Keyword Alcohol
Alcohol-related harm
Perceptions of alcohol-related harm
Population study
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published Online 21 December 2015

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