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Health: Unemployment

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the correlation between trends in the level of unemployment and trends in the level of illnesses attributable to drink or drugs. (313254)

The following research in relation to alcohol has been either commissioned or evaluated:

Commissioned:

“Indications of Public Health in the English Regions—8: Alcohol”, was produced and published by the North West Public Health Observatory.

A review of the affects of alcohol pricing and promotion by the University of Sheffield

Evaluated several studies, in particular:

“Health in Finland”, by Koskiinen S., Aromaa A., Huttunen J. and Tepen J., Helsinki 2006

Office for National Statistics longitudinal studies

The Department has not commissioned research concerning a correlation between levels of employment and illnesses attributable to drugs.