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Changes in Australian attitudes to alcohol policy: 1995–2010
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD). University of Melbourne, Australia; Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre, Australia.
2014 (English)In: Drug and Alcohol Review, ISSN 0959-5236, E-ISSN 1465-3362, Vol. 33, no 3, 227-234 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction and Aims

In 2009 Wilkinson and colleagues reported a downward trend in support for alcohol policyrestrictions in Australia between 1995 and 2004. The aim of the current study is to examine more recent data on policy supportin Australia, specifically for policies covering alcohol availability up to 2010, and to examine specific demographic shifts insupport.

Design and Methods

Data was taken from the National Drug Strategy Household Surveys from 1995, 1998,2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010 (n = 80 846), primarily responses to attitude items on policy restriction and demographicquestions. The effects of age, sex, drinking patterns and income over time on three items addressing restriction of alcoholavailability were assessed using a factorial analysis of variance.


Although availability items are among the lesspopular policy restrictions put forward in the National Drug Strategy Household Surveys, 2004 actually represented a turningpoint in the decrease in popularity, with an increase in support since then.Though some groups show consistently higher ratesof support than others for policy restrictions, the rate of change in support was fairly uniform across demographic and drinkinggroups.

Discussion and Conclusions

Despite the lack of an obvious catalyst, there has been an increase in support foralcohol policy restriction as it relates to general availability and accessibility since 2004. Furthermore, this increase does notappear to be a reflection of a change in a specific group of people, but appears to be occurring across the Australian population.

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2014. Vol. 33, no 3, 227-234 p.
Keyword [en]
alcohol, public opinion, national drug strategy household survey, attitude, alcohol policy
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Substance Abuse
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-101329DOI: 10.1111/dar.12106ISI: 000335006300003OAI: diva2:702987


Available from: 2014-03-05 Created: 2014-03-05 Last updated: 2015-02-05Bibliographically approved

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