From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

Substance (Mis)Use

Note that these studies were conducted as part of the Youth and Health programme which formally ceased at the end of March 2010, although team members have continued to prepare publications in this research area.

This research theme aimed to document the prevalence of substance (mis)use, particularly in relation to the post-school period where much less evidence is available, and to examine time trends at all ages in youth.  It also aimed to investigate the range of factors associated with substance (mis)use, including social class, family life, school attachment, personal income, lifestyles and peer group influences. 



Hunt K, Sweeting H, Sargent J, Lewars H, Dal Cin S, Worth K. An examination of the association between seeing smoking in films and tobacco use in young adults in the West of Scotland: cross-sectional study. Health Education Research 2009;24:22-31

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Sweeting H, West P. Drug use over the youth-adult transition in a West of Scotland cohort: prevalence, pathways and socio-demographic correlates. Addiction Research & Theory 2009;16:474-94

West P. The changing evidence-base: further challenges for smoking prevention [commentary]. Addiction 2009;104:651-2

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Young R, Sweeting H, West P. A longitudinal study of alcohol use and antisocial behaviour in young people. Alcohol and Alcoholism 2008;43:204-14

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West P, Sweeting H, Young R. Smoking in Scottish youths: personal income, parental social class and the cost of smoking. Tobacco Control 2007;16:329-335

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West P, Sweeting H, Leyland AH. School effects on pupils' health behaviours: evidence in support of the health promoting school. Research Papers in Education 2004;19:261-291


Sweeting H, West P. Young people's leisure and risk-taking behaviours: changes in gender patterning in the West of Scotland during the 1990s. Journal of Youth Studies 2003;6:391-412


Sweeting H, West P. Social class and smoking at age 15: the effect of different definitions of smoking. Addiction 2001;96:1357-9

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Ely M, West P, Sweeting H, Richards M. Teenage family life, life chances, lifestyles, and health: a comparison of two contemporary cohorts. International Journal of Law, Policy & the Family 2000;14:1-30


West P, Sweeting H, Ecob R. Family and friends' influences on the uptake of regular smoking from mid-adolescence to early adulthood. Addiction 1999;94:1397-1412



Sweeting H, West P, Richards M. Teenage family life, lifestyles, and life chances: associations with family structure, conflict with parents and joint family activity. International Journal of Law, Policy & the Family 1998;12:15-46


Green G, Macintyre S, West P, Ecob R. Like parent like child? Associations between drinking and smoking behaviour of parents and their children. British Journal of Addiction 1991;86:745-58

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