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2012 Seminar Series

Title: ‘Finding the missing units: Identifying under-reporting of alcohol consumption in England’

Speaker: Ms Sadie Boniface

Date & Time: Friday 27th  January 2pm-3pm

Venue: Basement LT


The concept of the ‘missing units’ is the difference between alcohol consumption as reported in social surveys and total alcohol sales. The missing units comprise a substantial proportion of all the alcohol sold and have potential implications for population health and public health policy. Drinking in the private sphere or the home is focused upon because this is where the majority of alcohol is consumed, and has received relatively little research attention compared to drinking in the public sphere. Methodological issues measuring alcohol consumption and previous studies which could explain the missing units are described.

Very little research has addressed the issue of under-reporting directly. This PhD aims to uncover the missing units by identifying under-reporting of alcohol consumption in England in three studies. Secondary data analysis considers the implications of under-reporting for alcohol consumption in Study 1. Study 2 is a survey comprising a questionnaire and pouring task which explores whether accidental under-estimation of drinks consumed at home may contribute to the missing units. Study 3 will use observational methods to examine recall accuracy of drinks consumed both at home and in public.

Sadie began her PhD research under the supervision of Dr Nicola Shelton and Dr James Kneale (UCL Geography) in October 2010, funded by an MRC studentship. Prior to this she worked as a Research Assistant at the UCL and Cancer Research UK Cancer Trials Centre conducting systematic reviews with Prof Allan Hackshaw. Sadie graduated with a distinction in her MSc in Health Sciences from Newcastle University in 2009 after completing her undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Biology with Philosophy) at Durham University the previous year. She has worked across Tyne and Wear chlamydia screening young people and in a charity working to reduce health inequalities in the East End of Newcastle upon Tyne. You can follow Sadie’s work on Academia.edu or Twitter.

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