By Linda Bauld, Colin Carroll, Gordon Hay, Jennifer McKell, Claire Novak, Karin Silver and Lorna Templeton
This report presents the findings of a study commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to explore the experiences of adults with alcohol misuse problems in the UK in relation to employment, unemployment and benefit uptake. In addressing these issues, the study also explores the wider context of education, training, alcohol misuse and treatment. The findings will inform the development of DWP policy to support individuals in overcoming their addiction and moving off benefits and into employment.
This report has two key elements: a review of the literature on alcohol misuse, employment/unemployment and benefit uptake, and a study involving depth interviews with 53 alcohol misusers and 12 professionals who work with alcohol misusers to explore specific issues in detail. The research was carried out by a team from the University of Bath and the University of Glasgow.