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Roderique-Davies, Gareth and John, Bev and Jones, Sarah and Leeworthy, Shona [Alcohol Concern] . (2018) Investigating the potential impact of changing health messages on alcohol products. London: Alcohol Concern Cymru. 34 p.

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The University of South Wales was commissioned to undertake research using eye tracker technology and interviews to investigate what alcohol shoppers actually look at on alcoholic products’ labelling, packaging and on-shelf presentation. An observational design using mobile eye tracker equipment was employed. Twenty-five participants completed a brief questionnaire related to their consumption of alcohol and then undertook an alcohol shopping-related task whilst wearing mobile eye tracker glasses (with in-built digital voice recorders for ‘thinking out loud’ data).

Participants were asked to verbalise their thought processes as they made their choices. Participants were subsequently asked to complete a brief survey related to the information that they use when purchasing alcohol. Price and brand (including factors such as country of origin and the look of a product on the shelf) are the key factors that shoppers use in deciding on which alcoholic beverages to purchase. Despite the majority of participants being in favour of health messages on bottles and cans, they don’t actually attend to them in any great detail. Shoppers often don’t look at the areas of a product where health information is most usually presented. Even when they do, it is usually only very briefly.

It is possible that shoppers do not look at current on-product health information as they are already very familiar with the information these messages contain, however, further research would be necessary to evaluate whether ‘novel’ on product messages would receive attention. There may be some merit in designing more prominent on-shelf health-related signage, however, further research is also required in this respect.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Alcohol Concern
Date:August 2018
Pages:34 p.
Publisher:Alcohol Concern Cymru
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Prevention approach > Prevention through information and education
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education
N Communication, information and education > Information use and impact
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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