This thesis explores the connection between women’s health and alcohol consumption in Glasgow, Scotland. The purpose of the project is to investigate how social, economic and other factors affect women’s alcohol consumption, and whether or not female alcohol consumption has a direct effect on women’s ill-health in Glasgow, Scotland. The data gleaned from participant observation and semi-structured interviewing of thirteen Glaswegian women provide evidence that female alcohol consumption is inseparable from issues of gender, identity, class, and power. The data will be examined using three
unique levels of analysis: the individual, the societal, and the institutional. Such an examination helps to capture the lived reality of Glaswegian women. Furthermore, it situates women's alcohol use in the contemporary context of Scotland's political economy. Finally, the thesis concludes with a discussion of women’s alcohol use in Glasgow and its connection to the ‘Glasgow Effect’.