The regional geography of alcohol consumption in England : comparing drinking frequency and binge drinking

Malda Castillo, Javier and Jivraj, Stephen and Fat, Linda Ng (2017) The regional geography of alcohol consumption in England : comparing drinking frequency and binge drinking. Health and Place, 43. pp. 33-40. ISSN 1353-8292

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Alcohol consumption frequency and volume are known to be related to health problems among drinkers. Most of the existing literature that analyses regional variation in drinking behaviour uses measures of consumption that relate only to volume, such as ’binge drinking’. This study compares the regional association of alcohol consumption using measures of drinking frequency (daily drinking) and volume (binge drinking) using a nationally representative sample of residents using the Health Survey for England, 2011–2013. Results suggest the presence of two differentiated drinking patterns with relevant policy implications. We find that people in northern regions are more likely to binge drink, whereas people in southern regions are more likely to drink on most days. Regression analysis shows that regional variation in binge drinking remains strong when taking into account individual and neighbourhood level controls. The findings provide support for regional targeting of interventions that aim to reduce the frequency as well as volume of drinking.

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Health and Place
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Health and Place. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Health and Place, 43, 2017 DOI: 10.1016/S0370-1573(02)00269-7
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?? alcoholbinge drinkingdrinking frequencyhealth survey for englandregionshealth(social science)public health, environmental and occupational healthgeography, planning and development ??
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