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dc.contributor.authorCallinan, S.
dc.contributor.authorRankin, G.
dc.contributor.authorRoom, R.
dc.contributor.authorStanesby, O.
dc.contributor.authorRao, G.
dc.contributor.authorWaleewong, O.
dc.contributor.authorGreenfield, T.
dc.contributor.authorHope, A.
dc.contributor.authorLaslett, Anne-Marie
dc.identifier.citationCallinan, S. and Rankin, G. and Room, R. and Stanesby, O. and Rao, G. and Waleewong, O. and Greenfield, T. et al. 2018. Harms from a partner’s drinking: an international study on adverse effects and reduced quality of life for women. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. 45 (2): pp. 170-178.

Background: Partners of heavy drinking individuals can be detrimentally affected as a result of their partner’s drinking. Objectives: The aim of this study was to identify the proportion of heterosexual intimate partner relationships with a heavy drinking male that resulted in reported alcohol-related harm and to investigate the impact of this on well-being in 9 countries. Methods: This study used survey data from the Gender and Alcohol’s Harm to Others (GENAHTO) Project on Alcohol’s Harm to Others in 9 countries (10,613 female respondents, 7,091 with intimate live-in partners). Respondents were asked if their partners drinking had negatively affected them as well as questions on depression, anxiety, and satisfaction with life. Results: The proportion of partnered respondents that reported having a harmful heavy drinking partner varied across countries, from 4% in Nigeria and the US to 33% in Vietnam. The most consistent correlate of experiencing harm was being oneself a heavy episodic drinker, most likely as a proxy measure for the acceptability of alcohol consumption in social circles. Women with a harmful heavy drinking partner reported significantly lower mean satisfaction with life than those with a partner that did not drink heavily. Conclusions: Harms to women from heavy drinking intimate partners appear across a range of subgroups and impact on a wide range of women, at least demographically speaking. Women living with a heavy drinking spouse experience higher levels of anxiety and depression symptoms and lower satisfaction with life.

dc.titleHarms from a partner’s drinking: an international study on adverse effects and reduced quality of life for women
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
curtin.departmentNational Drug Research Institute (NDRI)
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