Special Issue "Social Determinants of Alcohol Use and Its Consequences"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.
2. Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON M5S 2S1, Canada
Interests: population health modeling; epidemiology of alcohol use and attributable burden of disease; social determinants of health; socioeconomic inequality
Interests: population health modeling, epidemiology of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, alcohol-attributable harm, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder
Alcohol is an established risk factor for a wide range of outcomes, including numerous noncommunicable diseases and nearly all intentional and nonintentional injuries. With over 200 causally related conditions, alcohol use is known to cause around 3 million deaths and over 130 million disability-adjusted life years annually. What these high-level indicators fail to reflect are the health disparities that exist conditional on the social determinants of health, including sex, gender, socioeconomic status, and, in the broader sense, the social, political, and economic conditions in which people live. For instance, there is mounting evidence that the stagnation and following decline in life expectancy in the United States is linked to alcohol use, with individuals in the low socioeconomic strata carrying the largest part of the burden. To understand the full epidemiological picture of alcohol use and its consequences, the role and impact of the diverse social determinants and the inequalities related to them must be studied.
Not only do social determinants influence alcohol use directly, but there are also several examples where they influence the relationship between alcohol use and health outcomes. For example, the relationship between alcohol use and its various outcomes is more often than not found to differ by sex and gender, as is the case with suicide. Women with an alcohol use disorder have been found to have a two-fold higher risk of death by suicide than men with an alcohol use disorder. Furthermore, the risk relationships between alcohol use and health burden likely differ from one country context to another. However, currently, the bulk of evidence on such relationships is based on a fairly uniform group of western, high-income countries.
Moving forward, alcohol use and its consequences must be understood in the context of wider social and economic determinants, rather than considering it merely as individual health behavior. Accordingly, this Special Issue is intended to draw attention to the importance of social determinants of alcohol use and its consequences by providing a forum to publish this line of research.
Dr. Charlotte Probst
Dr. Shannon Lange
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- social determinants of health
- alcohol use
- alcohol use disorders
- alcohol-attributable burden
- health inequalities