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Who are the private alcohol importers in the Nordic countries?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (GRAN (Gränslösheten och den nordiska alkoholpolitiken))
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD). Stockholm Prevents Alcohol and Drug Problems (STAD), Centre for Dependency Disorders, Stockholm County Council.
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2014 (English)In: Nordisk Alkohol- og narkotikatidsskrift (NAT), ISSN 1455-0725, E-ISSN 1458-6126, Vol. 31, no 2, 125-139 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aims – The high price of alcohol in the Nordic countries has been a long-standing policy to curb consumption, which has led consumers to importing alcohol from countries with lower prices. This paper seeks to develop a profile of alcohol importers in four Nordic countries. Methods – Cross-sectional data from general population surveys in Denmark (2003–2006), Norway (2004), Sweden (2003–2006) and Finland (2005–2006) were analysed by multiple logistic and linear regression. Independent variables included region, socio-demographics, drinking indicators and alcohol-related problems. Outcome variables were importer status and amount of imported alcohol.  Results – People living in regions close to countries with lower alcohol prices were more often importers and imported higher amounts than people living in other regions. Higher educated persons were more likely to be importers, but the amounts imported were smaller than those by people with lower education. Persons with higher incomes were also more likely to be importers and they also imported larger amounts than people with lower incomes. In Sweden and Denmark regional differences of importer rates were more pronounced for persons of lower incomes. Age, risky single-occasion drinking, risky drinking and alcohol problems were positively related to the amounts of imported alcohol. Conclusions – Private importers in the Nordic countries are an integrated yet heavy drinking segment of society and do not appear to be located on the fringes of society.

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Helsingfors: Stakes, Forsknings- och utvecklingscentralen för social- och hälsovården i samarbete med Nordiska nämnden för alkohol- och drogforskning (NAD), , 2014. Vol. 31, no 2, 125-139 p.
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alcohol, private import, travellers’ allowance, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway
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Substance Abuse
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103400DOI: 10.2478/nsad-2014-0011ISI: 000335903700002OAI: diva2:717280


Available from: 2014-05-14 Created: 2014-05-14 Last updated: 2014-06-23Bibliographically approved

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