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Social patterning of alcohol consumption among mothers with infants in the UK

Baker, Sarah ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4196-8950 and Graham, Hilary (2014) Social patterning of alcohol consumption among mothers with infants in the UK. Journal of Behavioral Health, 3 (3). pp. 181-186.

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Abstract

Background: We examined patterns of alcohol use among mothers with infants in the UK focusing on
(i) common (“majority”) patterns of alcohol use (frequency and quantity) and (ii) associated social factors.
Methods: We analyzed data from 15,510 mothers who took part in waves 1 and 2 of the millennium cohort
study in 2000/1. Nine months after birth, mothers reported their frequency and quantity of alcohol use, along
with information on social circumstances. Logistic regression, carried out in 2011, helped identify the social
factors associated with majority patterns of alcohol use. Results: Majority patterns of alcohol use were:
Infrequent drinking (never/<1/week), infrequent light drinking (1 unit/day, <1/week), and frequent light
drinking (<14 units/week). In mutually adjusted models, infrequent drinking was associated with childhood,
educational, and income disadvantage, and younger age at first birth. Infrequent light drinking was associated
with educational and income disadvantage, economic inactivity, and marriage. Frequent light drinking was
associated with marriage and fewer children in the household. Conclusions: Among mothers in the UK, the
majority drank infrequent small quantities. Positive social gradients were evident for frequency of alcohol use
among socially advantaged mothers.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5455/jbh.20140708095433
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5617

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