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Population estimates of alcohol misusers who access DWP benefits (WP94)

Findings of a study to develop estimates of the number of alcohol misusers who access DWP benefits.

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Working Paper No. 94

By Gordon Hay and Linda Bauld

This paper presents the findings of a study commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to develop estimates of the number of alcohol misusers who access DWP benefits. The main results of the study show the number of AUDIT 20+ dependent drinkers who accessed four main benefits in 2008. These main benefits include Disability Living Allowance, Incapacity Benefit, Income Support and Jobseeker’s Allowance. The estimates contained in this paper will inform the development of DWP policy to support individuals in overcoming their addiction and moving off benefits and into employment.

The estimates were produced by researchers at the University of Glasgow and the University of Bath.