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Awareness and correlates of short-term and long-term consequences of alcohol use among Australian drinkers

Coomber, Kerri, Mayshak, Richelle, Curtis, Ashlee and Miller, Peter G 2017, Awareness and correlates of short-term and long-term consequences of alcohol use among Australian drinkers, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 237-242, doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12634.

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Title Awareness and correlates of short-term and long-term consequences of alcohol use among Australian drinkers
Author(s) Coomber, Kerri
Mayshak, RichelleORCID iD for Mayshak, Richelle orcid.org/0000-0003-2075-9447
Curtis, AshleeORCID iD for Curtis, Ashlee orcid.org/0000-0001-9182-2840
Miller, Peter GORCID iD for Miller, Peter G orcid.org/0000-0002-6896-5437
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 41
Issue number 3
Start page 237
End page 242
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017-06
ISSN 1326-0200
Keyword(s) alcohol use
Australian drinkers
awareness
potential consequences
negative consequences
public health
education campaign
negative health and social effects
drinking guidelines
risk
alcohol
demographics
long-term consequences
short-term consequences
Summary To investigate awareness of short-term and long-term consequences of alcohol use among a sample of Australian adult drinkers. Demographic correlates of the awareness of each consequence were also explored. Participants aged 18–45 years (n=1,061; mean age=33.2 years) drawn from an online panel completed a web-based survey assessing demographics, awareness of alcohol warning labels, and awareness of seven short-term and 12 long-term consequences of alcohol use. The level of awareness of short- and long-term consequences ranged from 16% (breast cancer) to 69% (low coordination and slower reflexes). The study found consistent differences in awareness of consequences by gender, with some differences for specific consequences by age, education, SES, rurality and awareness of alcohol warning labels. Most consumers lack a sufficient understanding of the potential consequences of alcohol use. Particular subgroups of drinkers may not equate drinking with negative consequences. Front-of-label alcohol warnings on all products and public health and education campaigns presenting messages targeting subgroups of drinkers could increase awareness of short- and long-term negative health and social effects of alcohol use.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12634
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1402 Applied Economics
1605 Policy And Administration
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
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090844

Document type: Journal Article
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