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Predictors of awareness of standard drink labelling and drinking guidelines to reduce negative health effects among Australian drinkers

Coomber, Kerri, Jones, Sandra C., Martino, Florentine and Miller, Peter G. 2016, Predictors of awareness of standard drink labelling and drinking guidelines to reduce negative health effects among Australian drinkers, Drug and alcohol review, In press, pp. 1-10, doi: 10.1111/dar.12383.

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Title Predictors of awareness of standard drink labelling and drinking guidelines to reduce negative health effects among Australian drinkers
Author(s) Coomber, Kerri
Jones, Sandra C.
Martino, Florentine
Miller, Peter G.
Journal name Drug and alcohol review
Season In press
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-02-03
ISSN 1465-3362
Keyword(s) alcohol
drinking guidelines
labels
standard drinks
Summary INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: This study examined rates of awareness of standard drink labelling and drinking guidelines among Australian adult drinkers. Demographic predictors of these two outcomes were also explored.

DESIGN AND METHODS: Online survey panel participants aged 18-45 years(n = 1061; mean age = 33.2 years) completed an online survey assessing demographics, alcohol consumption patterns, awareness of standard drink labels and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines, and support for more detailed labels.

RESULTS: The majority (80%) of participants had seen standard drink labels on alcohol products; with younger drinkers, those from a regional/rural location and high-risk drinkers significantly more likely to have seen such labelling. Most respondents estimated at or below the maximum number of drinks stipulated in the NHMRC guidelines. However, their estimates of the levels for male drinkers were significantly higher than for female drinkers. High-risk drinkers were significantly less likely to provide accurate estimates, while those who had seen the standard drink logo were significantly more likely to provide accurate estimates of drinking levels to reduce the risk of long-term harms only. Just under three-quarters of respondents supported the inclusion of more information on labels regarding guidelines to reduce negative health effects.

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS: The current standard drink labelling approach fails to address high-risk drinkers. The inclusion of information about NHMRC guidelines on alcohol labels, and placing standard drink labelling on the front of products could improve awareness of what constitutes a standard drink and safe levels of consumption among Australian drinkers.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/dar.12383
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081355

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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