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Alcohol, gender and partner aggression: A general population study of british adults

Graham, Kathryn; Plant, Martin; Plant, Moira


Kathryn Graham

Martin Plant

Moira Plant


This study explored gender differences in the extent that alcohol affects the perceived severity of partner aggression, and assessed the relationship between partner aggression and drinking pattern. Respondents were asked questions related to their own drinking pattern and the most severe incident of physical aggression experienced by and to a spouse/romantic partner during the previous two years as part of a general population survey of 2027 adults in the UK conducted by interviewers using both oral and computer-assisted question format. Approximately, 20% of respondents reported partner aggression, with drinking by one or both partners occurring in 35-40% of incidents. Alcohol use at the time of aggression was associated with increased severity of aggression, anger and fear, especially for aggression by a male toward a female respondent. Drinking patterns of the respondent and the partner predicted alcohol involvement in aggression, but not aggression that did not involve alcohol.


Graham, K., Plant, M., & Plant, M. (2004). Alcohol, gender and partner aggression: A general population study of british adults. Addiction Research and Theory, 12(4), 385-401.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Aug 1, 2004
Journal Addiction Research and Theory
Print ISSN 1606-6359
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 4
Pages 385-401
Keywords alcohol, aggression, family violence, GENACIS
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