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Social Class and Deprivation
Social class and deprivation
Angus Bancroft

The subject of this chapter is the material and intangible differences of wealth, occupational position and status that shape the experience and consequences of drug and alcohol use for users, their families and communities. Health behaviours and outcomes are socially patterned. A web of behavioural habits, health beliefs, physical, financial and symbolic resources, life course and intergenerational effects, occupational, neighbourhood and spatial segregations, global and nation-bounded processes and institutions and local environmental conditions determine health and quality of life (Marmot and UCL Institute of Health Equity, 2013). As far as drug and alcohol behaviours are also health behaviours, then the harms caused by them follow the same health gradient where rising affluence means better health. Drug ...

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