Changes in alcohol availability, price and alcohol-related problems and the collectivity of drinking cultures: What happened in southern and northern Sweden?
2010 (English)In: Alcohol and Alcoholism, ISSN 0735-0414, E-ISSN 1464-3502, Vol. 45, no 5, 456-467 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aims. There were two aims with this paper; first to study whether alcohol-related self-reported problems behaved in the same way as alcohol consumption in southern Sweden -- assumed to be affected by a decrease in Danish spirits tax and increased Swedish travellers’ import quotas. The second aim was to study whether the results in southern and northern Sweden followed the predictions of Skog’s theory of collectivity of drinking cultures. Methods. Analysis was carried out on a sample from the general Swedish population for southern and northern Sweden separately. Two indexes for alcohol-related problems were computed and analysed by sex, age, income and alcohol consumption level. Results. Although there were no large changes in the number of persons reporting alcohol-related problems, the general trend in data for various sub-populations was a decrease in the southern site and an increase in the northern site. The increase among men noted in alcohol consumption in the northern site was found among alcohol-related problems as well. However, various population subgroups changed in different directions and did not move in concert over the population distribution. Conclusions. Analyses conformed that alcohol-related problems according to the two indexes used were behaving similarly to alcohol consumption, but less divergent. Skog’s theory could not be confirmed, alcohol-related problems did not change collectively within the population.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford university press , 2010. Vol. 45, no 5, 456-467 p.
alcohol availability, travellers' import quotas, price, spirits tax, collectivity of drinking
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-38828DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agq046ISI: 000281528300012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-38828DiVA: diva2:315759
ProjectsNordic Tax Study