Alcohol Impact On Family Life

Topics: Alcoholism, Alcohol abuse, Family Pages: 110 (48632 words) Published: March 4, 2015
Delyse M. Hutchinson, Richard P. Mattick,
Danya Braunstein, Elizabeth Maloney, Judy Wilson
The Impact of Alcohol Use Disorders
on Family Life: A Review of the Empirical Literature
NDARC Technical Report No. 325

THE IMPACT OF ALCOHOL USE
DISORDERS ON FAMILY LIFE:
A REVIEW OF THE EMPIRICAL
LITERATURE
Delyse M. Hutchinson, Richard P. Mattick,
Danya Braunstein, Elizabeth Maloney, Judy Wilson

NDARC Technical Report Number: 325
ISBN: 978-0-7334-3392-4
JUNE 2014

©NATIONAL DRUG AND ALCOHOL RESEARCH CENTRE,
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, SYDNEY, 2014
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

LIST OF TABLES ....................................................................................................2 LIST OF FIGURES ..................................................................................................2 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS .....................................................................................3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY .......................................................................................4 CHAPTER 1.

INTRODUCTION ......................................................................6 1.1
Overview, aims and objectives ................................................................................... 6 1.2
Description of studies included in the review ......................................................... 6 1.3
The spectrum of alcohol use: Key definitions ......................................................... 7 CHAPTER 2. THE PREVALENCE OF ALCOHOL USE AND ALCOHOL
USE PROBLEMS IN FAMILIES ...........................................................................8 2.1
Introduction .................................................................................................................. 8 2.2
Prevalence of alcohol use and alcohol use problems in Australian families ....... 8 2.3
International research on the prevalence of alcohol use problems in families .11 CHAPTER 3. FRAMEWORK FOR REVIEWING LITERATURE ............... 13 CHAPTER 4. REVIEW OF EMPIRICAL LITERATURE ON THE IMPACT

OF ALCOHOL USE DISORDERS ON FAMILIES ............................................ 17 4.1
Five key areas in the research literature ..................................................................17 4.2
Impact on marital and intimate partner relationships ..........................................17 4.2.1
Marital/ intimate partner dissatisfaction and breakdown .............................17 4.2.2
Marital/ intimate partner violence ....................................................................20 4.3
Impact on family life and functioning ....................................................................24 4.3.1
Communication problems and family cohesion .............................................24 4.3.2
Family violence ....................................................................................................26 4.3.3
Organisation and routine ...................................................................................28 4.3.4
Financial strain .....................................................................................................29 4.3.5
Social isolation .....................................................................................................32 4.4
Comorbid mental health and substance use disorders .........................................34 4.4.1
Prevalence and research on comorbid disorders...
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