Drink Sensibly? Alcohol consumption and its relationship with physical and mental health.

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McCabe, Stephen
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The aim of this study was to examine how alcohol affects the physical and mental health of people. Considering how men consume more than women, and Irish consume more than non-Irish, the study will also examine the physical and mental health of these groups to see if there are any significant differences. This was done by distributing a questionnaire online, consisting of Amir’s general preventive health behaviours checklist, Snell’s Health Orientation Scale and Goldberg and Williams General Health Questionnaire. The results were then analysed, showing no significant difference in mental health results in any of the comparisons. Irish people consume significantly more alcohol than non-Irish people, and also scored worse on physical health behaviours and attitudes. Heavy consumers of alcohol do not score worse on Snell’s Health Orientation Scale, however do show lower scores on the behavioural checklist. Authors Keywords: Alcohol, Behaviour, Health, Ireland, Irish