Social renters are more victims of alcohol related violence


Domestic violence has never slowed down and alcohol is said to be one of the main things that lead to such violence. A new study has now revealed that social renters were about 14 times more likely to be victims of alcohol related domestic violence than homeowners.

The authors — Dr. Carly Lightowlers (Department of Sociology, University of Liverpool), and Lucy Bryant (Institute of Alcohol Studies) came to the conclusion after analysing five years of data collected from Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW). They looked into alcohol related domestic violence, occupation, anti-social behaviour, income and housing tenure.

In the study, they concluded that households earning less than 19,999 pounds were likely to suffer 50 per cent more from sort of alcohol related violence than those earning 40,000 pounds and above.

They found 12.13 incidents per 1,000 people with respect to social renters were victims of alcohol related domestic violence. This was just 0.85 incidents per 1,000 people with respect to home owners. Lightowlers said that the study revealed that persons in lower socio economic groups are likely to indulge in more alcohol related violence than others.

The study also looked at alcohol related Anti Social Behavior (ASB). They found that about one in ten people experienced ASB but there was no correlation with sociop economic status. Here also the people in the lowest socio economic category were disproportionately affected. When 50.4 per cent of social renters were victims of ASB, this was 28.4 per cent among the home owners.

The researchers also noted that alcohol related violence could be addressed through alcohol pricing interventions.




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