Unemployment and alcohol abuse?

unemployment and alcohol abuse  – There is growing concern about the relationship between health and employment status. The health issues for long term unemployed will be addressed at the Long Term Unemployment conference and call for papers for now open.

Research on the health and social costs of unemployment have suggested that the unemployed may be “at risk” for abusing alcohol. The unemployed are said to abuse alcohol as a means of coping with financial stress triggered by job loss.

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Forcier MW Research Division, Massachusetts Department of Correction, Boston, USA

Alcohol consumption and unemployment among men

Relationship between Alcohol and Unemployment
Relationship between Alcohol and Unemployment

According to a Scottish study the unemployed drinkers drank more alcohol than those in employment, even after standardization for both age and social class (27.9 units vs 20.7 units per week). Also binge drinking was common in both groups, but the proportion was higher among the unemployed (58.8% of the unemployed reported drinking more than eight units in any day in the previous week compared to 33.5% among the full-time workers).

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The Scottish Heart Health Study.
Lee AJ, Crombie IK, Smith WC, Tunstall-Pedoe H. Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee, Scotland, UK  (included information on the self-reported drinking habits of 4170 full-time employed and 479 unemployed men. This enabled the patterns of alcohol consumption in the unemployed to be compared to those of the full-time workers

Does unemployment lead to alcohol abuse or the reverse?

  • Does unemployment lead to alcohol abuse?
  • What is the impact of alcohol on the long term unemployed?
  • What are the policy, treatment and intervention implications of alcohol and long term unemployment?

The causes of long term unemployment will be addressed at this conference and the call for papers for Long Term Unemployment conference is now open. Our delegates would be greatly interested in presentations on alcohol research and programs for long term unemployed. The conference will also feature policy and programs for the long term unemployed and health-related behaviour and employment status.

The Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference 2014 is a national conference focusing on at risk groups for Long-Term Unemployment [Mature Age, Youth, Indigenous, Disability, Regional] . The conference will be held on 18-19 August 2014, QT Hotel Surfers Paradise. The conference is an initiative of the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association; an incorporated non-government, not for profit organisation.

URL: www.longtermunemployment.org.au
Ph: (61 7) 5502 2068 Fax: 07 5527 3298

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