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Kilian, Carolin and Manthey, Jakob and Moskalewicz, Jacek and Sieroslawski, Janusz and Rehm, Jürgen (2019) How attitudes toward alcohol policies differ across European countries: evidence from the Standardized European Alcohol Survey (SEAS). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , 16 , (22) , p. 4461. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16224461.

URL: https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/16/22/4461/htm

Alcohol policy endorsements have changed over time, probably interacting with the implementation and effectiveness of alcohol policy measures. The Standardized European Alcohol Survey (SEAS) evaluated public opinion toward alcohol policies in 20 European locations (19 countries and one subnational region) in 2015 and 2016 ( = 32,641; 18-64 years). On the basis of the SEAS report, we investigated regional differences and individual characteristics related to categories of alcohol policy endorsement. Latent class analysis was used to replicate cluster structure from the SEAS report and to examine individual probabilities of endorsement. Hierarchical quasi-binomial regression models were run to analyze the relative importance of variables of interest (supranational region, gender, age, educational achievement, and drinking status) on class endorsement probability, with random intercepts for each location.

The highest support for alcohol control policies was recorded in Northern countries, which was in contrast to the Eastern countries, where the lowest support for control policies was found. Across all locations, positive attitudes toward control policies were associated with the female gender, older age, and abstaining from alcohol. Our findings underline the need to communicate alcohol-related harm and the implications of alcohol control policies to the public in order to increase awareness and support for such policies in the long run.


Item Type
Article
Publication Type
International, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Alcohol
Intervention Type
Screening / Assessment, Policy
Date
13 November 2019
Identification #
doi: 10.3390/ijerph16224461
Page Range
p. 4461
Publisher
MDPI
Volume
16
Number
22
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