Personal experiences of drinking and alcohol-related risk perceptions: The importance of the subjective dimension
2012 (English)In: Nordisk Alkohol- og narkotikatidsskrift (NAT), ISSN 1455-0725, E-ISSN 1458-6126, Vol. 29, no 4, 413-427 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aims - To explore the association between subjective experiences of drinking and alcohol-related risk perceptions. Methods - The data is based on a questionnaire with questions about beliefs, use habits and experiences of alcohol and tobacco sent to a random sample of 3,000 Swedes aged 18 to 70 years (response rate= 1,623 individuals, or 54%). In this study, those respondents who had ever been drinking alcohol were included (1,536 individuals). The data were analysed statistically by cross tabs and multiple logistic regression. Results - With some exceptions, the results generally showed that differences in subjective experiences of drinking were related to risk perceptions of alcohol consumption. In particular, those who had more negative than positive subjective experiences of alcohol consumption had substantially higher risk perceptions than those who had more positive than negative experiences, controlling for alcohol consumption and potential confounders. There were also several significant differences between individuals differently involved in alcohol consumption, net of subjective experiences. Conclusions - Subjective experiences of alcohol consumption appear to be an important construct in relation to alcohol-related risk perceptions. To understand the link between personal experiences and risk perceptions pertaining to alcohol consumption, both objective measures of personal experiences and subjective measures should be considered.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Poland: Versita , 2012. Vol. 29, no 4, 413-427 p.
risk perceptions, alcohol, subjective experiences, behavioural experience
Social Work Substance Abuse
Research subject Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-79741DOI: 10.2478/v10199-012-0036-5ISI: 000318415300012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-79741DiVA: diva2:551482