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Alcohol-Related Morbidity and Mortality Following Involuntary Job Loss: Evidence From Swedish Register Data
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, ISSN 1937-1888, Vol. 75, no 1, 35-46 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the association between involuntary job loss and alcohol-attributable morbidity and mortality. Method: Swedish linked employee employer data were used to identify all establishment closures during 1990-1999, as well as the employees who were laid off and a comparison group. These data were merged with information on alcohol-attributable deaths and hospital admissions from the Causes of Death Register and the National Patient Register. The associations between job loss and alcohol-attributable morbidity and mortality during a follow-up period of 12 years were estimated by propensity score weighting methods. Results: An excess risk of both alcohol-related hospitalization and mortality was found among both displaced men and women. For women, the wholly alcohol-attributable health problems were mainly limited to alcohol use disorders, whereas men also had an increased risk of hospitalization from poisoning and alcohol-induced liver disease and pancreatitis. Conclusions: The findings support previous evidence of increased risks of alcohol-related morbidity/mortality following involuntary job loss, although the estimates presented herein are more conservative. In addition, the findings suggest that alcohol-related problems manifest somewhat differently in men and women.

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2014. Vol. 75, no 1, 35-46 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-219206ISI: 000330142800004PubMedID: 24411795OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-219206DiVA: diva2:698870
Available from: 2014-02-25 Created: 2014-02-24 Last updated: 2014-02-25Bibliographically approved

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