Resilience, or the capacity to do well in the face of adversity, is positively associated with strong social networks – i.e. family, friends and community. Alongside enhancing protective attitudes and behaviours, building resilience through reinforcing social connections can challenge alcohol misuse as a way of coping with stress. While older people are more likely to be affected by stressors such as bereavement, economic inactivity, personal/family crises or social isolation, developing personal and community resources has the potential to bring benefits across generations and reduce health inequalities. 3

Children with access to strong family networks, as well as their own social networks, are more likely to have better mental health, fewer behavioural problems and are less likely to engage in ‘risky’ behaviour (including drinking alcohol). 4

References

  1. H.-M. &. Beach, “Drink Wise, Age Well,” 2016. [Online]. Available: http://www.drinkwiseagewell.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Drink-Wise-Age-Well-Alcohol-Use-and-the-over-50s-Report-2.pdf . [Accessed 17 August 2016].
  2. S. T. L. J. Holt-Lunstad J, “Social relationships and mortality risk: a meta-analytic review.,” Plos Medicine, vol. 7, no. 7, p. http://www.health.org.uk/sites/health/files/HeadHandsAndHeartAssetBasedApproachesInHealthCare.pdf , 2010.
  3. H.-M. &. Beach, “Drink Wise, Age Well,” 2016. [Online]. Available: http://www.drinkwiseagewell.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Drink-Wise-Age-Well-Alcohol-Use-and-the-over-50s-Report-2.pdf . [Accessed 17 August 2016].
  4. S. T. L. J. Holt-Lunstad J, “Social relationships and mortality risk: a meta-analytic review.,” Plos Medicine, vol. 7, no. 7, p. http://www.health.org.uk/sites/health/files/HeadHandsAndHeartAssetBasedApproachesInHealthCare.pdf , 2010.