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Blackwell, Anna K M and Drax, Katie and Attwood, Angela S and Munafò, Marcus R and Maynard, Olivia M . (2018) Informing drinkers: can current UK alcohol labels be improved? Elsevier Science. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 192

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BACKGROUND
Alcohol labeling provides a relatively low-cost, population-level approach to providing information about alcohol's content and harms.

METHOD
We conducted an online between-subjects experiment with two tasks to examine the impact of alcohol labels (n = 1884). In one task, participants were randomized to view one of four different unit labels (including labels currently used by the alcohol industry and novel labels which provide more information about how the number of units relates to recommended drinking guidelines). We assessed participants' accuracy of estimating weekly serving limits of alcohol. In a second task, participants were randomized to view one of eight health warnings (which varied according to message content, specificity, and framing). We assessed the motivation to quit after viewing the health warning.

RESULTS
Accuracy of estimating weekly serving limits of alcohol was greater for participants who viewed novel unit labels compared to the industry standard labels. Motivation to drink less was higher amongst participants who had viewed both cancer and negatively framed messages, compared to mental health and positively framed messages.

CONCLUSION
Existing unit labels used by the alcohol industry can be improved; the inclusion of unit information per serving and how these relate to low-risk drinking guidelines may be important for facilitating consumer understanding. Health warning labels should be included alongside units to provide consumers with information about the harms associated with alcohol and discourage riskier drinking behavior.


Item Type
International research
Publication Type
Article
Drug Type
Alcohol
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
Date
1 November 2018
Page Range
pp. 163-170
Publisher
Elsevier Science
Volume
192
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