Table 2

Alcohol misuse at first assessed episode of self-harm 2000–2009

MenWomenAll
Total number of patientsAlcohol misuse
N (%)
Total number of patientsAlcohol misuse
N (%)
Total number of patientsAlcohol misuse
N (%)
Statistic78933551 (45.0)10 5013086 (29.4)18 3946637 (36.1)
χ2=475, p<0.001
Age (years)
 18–242095817 (39.0)− − −3565880 (24.7)− − −56601697 (30.0)− − −
 25–3421541011 (46.9)2585747 (28.9)47391758 (37.1)
 35–5430111505 (50.0)+++36101307 (36.2)+++66212812 (42.5)
 55+633218 (34.4)− − −741152 (20.5)− − −1374370 (26.9)− − −
Statisticχ2=92.5, p<0.001χ2=147, p<0.001χ2=260, p<0.001
Ethnicity
 White66633070 (46.1)85172659 (31.2)15 1805729 (37.7)
 Non-white484129 (26.7)954120 (12.6)1438249 (17.3)
Statisticχ2=68.8, p<0.001χ2=144, p<0.001χ2=237, p<0.001
Employment
 Unemployed25981341 (51.6)+++2590951 (36.7)+++51882292 (44.2)+++
 Employed31771320 (41.5)39261104 (28.1)71032424 (34.1)
 Household duties214 (19.0)1074255 (23.7)− −1095259 (23.7)− − −
 Retired26868 (25.4)− − −35854 (15.1)− − −626122 (19.5)− − −
 Registered sick/disabled1136525 (46.2)1125345 (30.7)2261870 (38.5)+
 Student29092 (31.7)− − −1008217 (21.5)− − −1298309 (309)− − −
 Other17361 (35.3)12242 (34.4)295103 (103)
Statisticχ2=136, p<0.001χ2=155, p<0.001χ2=398, p<0.001
Method of SH
 Self-poisoning62892826 (44.9)92142655 (28.8)15 5035481 (35.4)
 Self-injury1230564 (45.9)869297 (34.2)++2099861 (41.0)+++
 Both methods374161 (43.0)418134 (23.1)792295 (37.2)
Statisticχ2=0.95, p=0.622χ2=12.5, p<0.005χ2=26.21, p<0.001
  • Statistically significant results in bold.

  • −/+=Standardised residual greater than +/−1.96 (p<0.05); − −/++=Standardised residual greater than +/−2.58 (p<0.01); − − −/+++=Standardised residual greater than +/−3.29 (p<0.001).

  • SH; self-harm.