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Unregistered alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
2007 (English)Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Background: During the last years unregistered alcohol consumption has increased markedly in Sweden. Above all, it is alcohol that is smuggled or legally privately imported which has increased. It can be hypothesised that the intake of unregistered alcohol is associated with a more risky drinking pattern and is more likely to give rise to various forms of alcohol-related harm.

Aim: To estimate the relationship between consumption of unregistered alcohol and indicators of alcohol-related harm.

Data and method: Data on consumption of various forms of unregistered alcohol consumption were obtained from the monthly surveys that have been conducted since January 2001 by the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, SoRAD, Stockholm University. Registered consumption was indicated by sales data from the Swedish Alcohol Retail Monopoly. The harm indicators included two alcohol-related crime indicators (police-reported assaults and drink driving offences, source: The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention) and two indicators on admission to treatment for alcohol-related diagnoses. The montly data were aggregated into quarterly observations separately for southern Sweden, mid-Sweden and northern Sweden. The study period was Q1 2001-Q4 2005. The data were analyzed by means of time-series analyses (ARIMA-models) and pooled cross-sectional time-series analyses.

Preliminay findings: Generally, there was a significant relationship between on the one hand various forms of unregistered alcohol and alcohol sales, and on the other hand the various harm indicators. The pattern of these relationships and their implications for the hypothesis will be scrutinezed.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-11699OAI: diva2:178218
Presented at the 33rd Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol, Budapest, Hungary, 4-8 June, 2007.Available from: 2008-01-14 Created: 2008-01-14Bibliographically approved

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