Association of risky alcohol consumption and accreditation in the 'Good Sports' alcohol management programme

Rowland, Bosco, Allen, Felicity and Toumbourou, John W. 2012, Association of risky alcohol consumption and accreditation in the 'Good Sports' alcohol management programme, Journal of epidemiology and community health, vol. 66, no. 8, pp. 684-690.

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Title Association of risky alcohol consumption and accreditation in the 'Good Sports' alcohol management programme
Author(s) Rowland, Bosco
Allen, Felicity
Toumbourou, John W.
Journal name Journal of epidemiology and community health
Volume number 66
Issue number 8
Start page 684
End page 690
Total pages 7
Publisher BMJ Publishing
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0143-005X
1470-2738
Summary Background Involvement in community sports clubs is often associated with high levels of risky alcohol consumption; however, developing prevention-focused interventions in these settings can be complex. We examined the association of reduced risky alcohol consumption with the implementation of the Good Sports Programme (GSP)—a programme that accredits clubs in three stages, on the basis of their implementation of alcohol-related harm reduction strategies.

Methods
Using a cross section of football and cricket clubs, consumption was compared between clubs accredited at level 1, 2 or 3 of the GSP and clubs not accredited (92 clubs; 1924 individuals). Drinking above Australian guidelines for short-term risk (more than four standard drinks) on the last playing day prior to the survey and drinking at the club over the last 12 months at average levels exceeding short- and long-term risk (more than two standard drinks) guidelines were also examined.

Results
Multilevel modelling indicated that higher accreditation stage (0, 1, 2, 3) was associated with a 0.79 reduction in the odds of risky consumption on the playing day; a 0.85 reduction in the odds for short-term risky drinking, and a 0.86 reduction in long-term risky drinking.

Conclusions
The findings suggest that higher accreditation in the GSP is associated with reduced rates of risky alcohol use at a population level.
Language eng
Field of Research 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30045050

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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