Dr Carol Emslie is a Senior Lecturer in Substance Use & Misuse within the
Institute for Applied Health Research at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her current
research focuses on gender and alcohol use. Recent projects include a focus group study
exploring mid-life drinking among men and women, and a geographical analysis of
alcohol-related death rates across Scotland. Her work uses a variety of different methods
including secondary qualitative analysis, the systematic review of qualitative literature
and working on qualitative components of RCTs. 

Carol graduated from Glasgow University (First Class Honours, Sociology) and gained her
PhD from the MRC Social & Public Health Sciences Unit in 1997. Her quantitative
thesis examined the health of men and women within a British Bank in order to explore
whether gender differences in minor morbidity persist amongst men and women working in
similar jobs. She then worked as a Research Fellow in the Department of General Practice,
Glasgow University on a qualitative project which investigated people's perceptions
of a family history of heart disease, before returning to a Senior Investigative
Scientist post in the Gender & Health programme at the MRC Social & Public Health
Sciences Unit. Her work here included examining men's gendered experiences of
coronary heart disease, analysing gender differences and similarities in narratives about
cancer and depression in healthtalkonline.org (an award winning website about people’s
experiences of illnesses) and examining changes in men’s and women's drinking over
time in the west of Scotland Twenty-07 Study. 

Recent Articles


The role of alcohol in forging and maintaining friendships amongst Scottish men in mid-life (with Kate Hunt and Antonia Lyons), Health Psychology (special issue on men's health) (2013)

Objective: Men drink more heavily and are more likely to die from alcohol-related causes than...



Association of life course socioeconomic disadvantage with futre problem and heavy drinking: gender differentials in the west of Scotland. (with G D. Batty, Abita Bhaskar, Michaela Benzeval, Geoff Der, Heather Lewars, and Kate Hunt), International Journal of Public Health (2012)

Objective To examine gender differentials in the association

between life course socioeconomic disadvantage and




Older and wiser? Men’s and women’s accounts of drinking in early mid-life. (with Kate Hunt and Antonia Lyons), Sociology of Health & Illness (2012)

Most qualitative research on alcohol focuses on younger rather than older adults. To explore older...



Ridge D, Emslie C, White A. Understanding how men experience, express and cope with mental distress: where next? (with Damien Ridge and Alan White), Sociology of Health & Illness (2011)

In line with the shift towards prioritising lay accounts and narratives of chronic illness in...



Exploring the ambiguities of masculinity in accounts of emotional distress in the military among young ex-servicemen. (with Gill Green, Dan O'Neill, Kate Hunt, and Steven Walker), Social Science & Medicine (2010)

This paper examines the experiences and perspectives of ex-military servicemen in the UK. It focuses...