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The effects of alcohol-related harms to others on self-perceived mental well-being in a Canadian sample

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  • Candace Lewis-Laietmark


    (Portland State University
    Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH))

  • Ashley Wettlaufer


    (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH))

  • Kevin D. Shield


    (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
    University of Toronto)

  • Norman Giesbrecht


    (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
    University of Toronto)

  • Nicole April


    (Institut national de santé publique du Québec)

  • Mark Asbridge


    (Dalhousie University)

  • Colleen Dell


    (University of Saskatchewan)

  • Jürgen Rehm


    (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
    University of Toronto
    University of Toronto
    Technische Universität Dresden)

  • Tim Stockwell


    (University of Victoria)

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    Abstract Objectives To examine (1) the harms related to the drinking of others in five Canadian provinces, stratified by socio-demographic variables, and (2) the relationship between these harms and mental well-being. Methods A telephone survey sampled 375 adults from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. Harms related to the drinking of others were measured through 16 questions in the domains of psychological, physical, social, and financial harms. Self-perceived mental well-being was measured with his or her mental well-being. Results In 2012, 40.1% of Canadian adults surveyed experienced harm in the previous year related to the drinking of another person. These harms were more frequent among people who had a higher education level, were widowed, separated, divorced or never married, and were employed. Psychological, physical, and financial harms related to the drinking of others were significantly correlated to a person’s mental well-being. Conclusions Harms related to the drinking of others are prevalent in this Canadian survey. Furthermore, the psychological, physical, and financial harms related to the drinking of others negatively impact the mental well-being of the affected individuals.

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    Article provided by Springer & Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+) in its journal International Journal of Public Health.

    Volume (Year): 62 (2017)
    Issue (Month): 6 (July)
    Pages: 669-678

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:ijphth:v:62:y:2017:i:6:d:10.1007_s00038-016-0924-7
    DOI: 10.1007/s00038-016-0924-7
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    1. Lumley, Thomas, 2004. "Analysis of Complex Survey Samples," Journal of Statistical Software, Foundation for Open Access Statistics, vol. 9(i08).
    2. Fisher, Robert J, 1993. " Social Desirability Bias and the Validity of Indirect Questioning," Journal of Consumer Research, Oxford University Press, vol. 20(2), pages 303-315, September.
    3. Kevin Shield & Tara Kehoe & Ben Taylor & Jayadeep Patra & Jürgen Rehm, 2012. "Alcohol-attributable burden of disease and injury in Canada, 2004," International Journal of Public Health, Springer;Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), vol. 57(2), pages 391-401, April.
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