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Title: Exploring alcohol experiences amongst young people
Author: Morleo, M. J. A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 6349 3834
Awarding Body: Liverpool John Moores University
Current Institution: Liverpool John Moores University
Date of Award: 2017
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Whilst national guidelines have recommended abstinence before 18 years of age, in the North West of England, the use of alcohol is common practice by 15 years. The related harms amongst young people (such as violence, regretted sex, hospital admission) place significant burdens on public and individual health. Public health data are vital in order to monitor levels of harm and evaluate prevention strategies. This PhD submission presents a series of peer-reviewed journal articles (and other supporting publications) which evidence how I have used original research to further understand alcohol misuse and its impacts on at-risk groups such as underage drinkers, heavy episodic drinkers and those who may have been drinking alcohol during pregnancy. I have used a number of novel methodologies to explore alcohol consumption and further understand the need for early intervention. Firstly, we used simultaneous surveys of parents and children to understand both the child’s consumption and their parents’ understanding of their child’s consumption. Secondly, we used English hospital admission data to explore for the first time the prevalence of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and related disorders. Thirdly, we initiated a feasibility study to understand the potential reach of a community-based alcohol brief intervention and liver blood test. Finally, we used a combination of breathalyser readings and nightlife surveys to increase the accuracy of surveys of nightlife users. The articles presented in this PhD provide a significant contribution to public health knowledge on the epidemiology of alcohol consumption and related harm, as well as discussing the evidence base for effective prevention strategies. This submission considers the methodologies, findings and impacts of my research. The work for all publications was undertaken during my employment at Liverpool John Moores University.
Supervisor: Sumnall, H. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine