With contributions from leading international academics across the social sciences, this accessible takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 39 chapters are divided into three parts: Part I Central Social Science Theories Drug and Alcohol Studies Part II Pillars in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies Part III Controversies and New Approaches in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community.

Social Class and Deprivation

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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