Drinking and displacement: a systematic review of the influence of forced displacement on harmful alcohol use

Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Nov;45(13):2340-55. doi: 10.3109/10826081003793920. Epub 2010 May 14.


This paper systematically reviews evidence about factors associated with harmful alcohol use amongst forcibly displaced persons, including refugees and internally displaced persons. Bibliographic and humanitarian-related databases were searched. The number of quantitative and qualitative studies that were screened and reviewed was 1108. Only 10 studies met inclusion criteria. Risk factors identified included gender, age, exposure to traumatic events and resulting posttraumatic stress disorder, prior alcohol consumption-related problems, year of immigration, location of residence, social relations, and postmigration trauma and stress. The evidence base was extremely weak, and there is a need to improve the quantity and quality of research about harmful alcohol use by forcibly displaced persons.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism* / etiology
  • Coercion*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Refugees*
  • Risk Factors
  • Warfare