Underage purchasing of alcohol from packaged liquor outlets: an Australian study

Rowland, Bosco C., Hall, Jessica K., Kremer, Peter J., Miller, Peter G. and Toumbourou, John W. 2017, Underage purchasing of alcohol from packaged liquor outlets: an Australian study, Health promotion international, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 790-799, doi: 10.1093/heapro/daw007.

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Title Underage purchasing of alcohol from packaged liquor outlets: an Australian study
Author(s) Rowland, Bosco C.ORCID iD for Rowland, Bosco C. orcid.org/0000-0003-0192-809X
Hall, Jessica K.ORCID iD for Hall, Jessica K. orcid.org/0000-0001-5768-195X
Kremer, Peter J.ORCID iD for Kremer, Peter J. orcid.org/0000-0003-2476-1958
Miller, Peter G.ORCID iD for Miller, Peter G. orcid.org/0000-0002-6896-5437
Toumbourou, John W.ORCID iD for Toumbourou, John W. orcid.org/0000-0002-8431-3762
Journal name Health promotion international
Volume number 32
Issue number 5
Start page 790
End page 799
Total pages 10
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2017-10
ISSN 1460-2245
Keyword(s) adolescence
community-based intervention
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Health Policy & Services
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Health Care Sciences & Services
Summary Access to the supply of alcohol is an important factor influencing adolescent alcohol consumption. Although alcohol sales outlets are prohibited from selling alcohol to underage youth, there has been limited research investigating compliance. The present study sought to estimate the extent to which adolescents that appeared underage were successfully able to purchase alcohol from packaged liquor outlets in Australia; and to identify store and sales characteristics associated with illegal purchasing. In 2012, purchase surveys were conducted (n= 310) at packaged liquor outlets in 28 urban and rural communities across three states of Australia: Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria. Confederates successfully purchased alcohol at 60% (95% CI: 55-66) of outlets. The density of general alcohol outlets in the surrounding area and the type of liquor outlet were predictors of successful alcohol purchases; however, this was moderated by the state in which the purchase was made. Regional geographical location was also found to predict underage alcohol purchase. The majority of alcohol sales outlets in Australia breach regulations prohibiting sales to underage youth. Consistent enforcement of policies across the states of Australia, and reducing the number of alcohol outlets, will help prevent alcohol outlets illegally selling alcohol to underage adolescents.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/heapro/daw007
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID ARC LP100200755
NHMRC APP1087781
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