Alcohol is associated with a wide range of negative consequences, including harm to health and social problems – for drinkers themselves, for people in their surroundings, and for society at large. The prevalence of harm from other people’s drinking can be expected to be particularly high in countries with a high consumption level and/or a drinking pattern characterized by frequent intoxications. However, the tolerance of alcohol use and the threshold for experiencing harm from other people’s drinking might also be higher in such countries. Thus, it is not obvious how the level of self-reported harm varies between different countries. This paper sheds light on this issue by comparing the prevalence of experienced harm from other people’s drinking as well as correlates of such harm in the Nordic countries and Scotland.
Inger Synnøve Moan, Elisabet E. Storvoll, Erica Sundin, Ingunn Olea Lund, Kim Bloomfield, Ann Hope, Mats Ramstedt, Petri Huhtanen and Sveinbjörn Kristjánsson: Experienced Harm from Other People’s Drinking: A Comparison of Northern European Countries. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment 2015:9(S2)