Understanding the alcohol harm paradox

Research and Development Grant

Policy makers, health and social care professionals, and researchers have long been interested and concerned about the apparent relationship between health and socioeconomic status (SES). Previous research has shown a gradient in the risks of ill health by SES such that those with low personal or neighbourhood SES are much more likely to die or suffer from a range of diseases, including those related to alcohol. For example, males and females in the most socioeconomically deprived neighbourhoods of the UK have been estimated to be two to three times as likely to die from an alcohol-related condition than their counterparts living in the least deprived. However, analysis of alcohol use behaviours suggests that there is little difference in consumption between these types of areas.

Consultation on national statistics

The Office of National Statistics is consulting on the future of its statistical outputs in the light of significant budget cuts.  Alcohol Research UK recognise that in these circumstances very difficult decisions need to be made; however, it is imperative that data collection on alcohol consumption is maintained.  This information plays a critical role in […]

Conference 2013: Professor Jonathan Chick and Dr Jan Gill – A Tale of Two Cities

Professor Jonathan Chick and Dr Jan Gill discuss findings from their ongoing research into drinking behaviours in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Their research supports the evidence that those drinking at the most harmful levels purchase the cheapest alcohol – particularly white cider and cheap vodka.

Conference 2013: Professor Mark Bellis on the ‘alcohol harm paradox’

Professor Mark Bellis sets out initial findings from Alcohol Research UK’s current Flagship Research Grant – Understanding the Alcohol ‘Harm Paradox’. He examines why the poorest 20% of people in Britain suffer up to twice the levels of alcohol related harm as the most affluent 20% – despite reporting similar, or lower, levels of consumption.