Title

Perceptions of another person's heavy drinking as a function of one's relationship to the drinker: A pilot study.

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

SAGE publishing

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Psychology

RAS ID

245

Comments

Originally published as: Dear, G.E., Bowron, N., Burke, S., Furey, L., Griffiths, N., Paull, S. (2002). Perceptions of another person's heavy drinking as a function of one's relationship to the drinker: A pilot study. Psychological Reports. 90(2), 426 - 430. Original article available here

Abstract

Of 301 participants in a telephone survey, 201 could identify a problem drinker within their social networks. In 67 cases the drinker was a partner, in 45 another family member, in 61 a friend, and in 28 a work colleague. Another person's heavy drinking was reported as most disrupting to one's life when that person was a partner or other family member or if one was living in the same residence as the drinker. The exception to this was that reported disruption to respondents' work life was greatest when the drinker was a work colleague. While there appear to be problems for friends and work colleagues, partners and other family members appear to report the most disruption so providing services to family members seems appropriate.

DOI

10.2466/pr0.2002.90.2.426

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.2466/pr0.2002.90.2.426