Effects of the transition to beverages with lighter alcohol content in Sweden 1950-2001
2011 (English)In: Contemporary Drug Problems, ISSN 0091-4509, Vol. 38, no 4, 541- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this article was to study whether the transition to lighter beverages in Sweden has been associated with a decrease in alcohol-related harm. The analyses were based on Swedish aggregate time-series data on alcohol consumption and different forms of alcohol-related mortality for the period 1950-2001. A descriptive trend comparison revealed that, since the 1970s, the mortality rates per liter for most studied outcomes followed the trend in proportion of spirits fairly well. Time-series model estimations only partially supported this picture: Beverage-specific models revealed that, of all beverages, spirits was significantly related to most different forms of mortality, but in models that included proportion of spirits (controlling for total consumption), the association was only significant for male liver cirrhosis. In conclusion, the findings do not support the idea that the composition of beverages in the total composition has an independent effect on alcohol-related harm. However; because per capita consumption of spirits was significantly related to more forms of mortality than beet" or wine, we cannot rule out alcohol policy measures directed towards the consumption of stronger beverages as being noneffective in terms of reducing alcohol-related harm.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 38, no 4, 541- p.
Proportion of spirits in total consumption, alcoholrelated mortality, alcohol policy, time-series analysis, Sweden
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-71181OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-71181DiVA: diva2:483984
ProjectsExclusion and inclusion in the late welfare state: the case of alcoholChanges in the cultural position of drinking
FunderFAS, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, 2006-1523FAS, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research, 2008-0658