Is alcohol and community sport a good mix? Alcohol management, consumption and social capital in community sports clubs

Rowland, Bosco C., Wolfenden, Luke, Gillham, Karen, Kingsland, Melanie, Richardson, Ben and Wiggers, John 2015, Is alcohol and community sport a good mix? Alcohol management, consumption and social capital in community sports clubs, Australian and New Zealand journal of public health, vol. 39, no. 3, pp. 210-215, doi: 10.1111/1753-6405.12280.

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Title Is alcohol and community sport a good mix? Alcohol management, consumption and social capital in community sports clubs
Author(s) Rowland, Bosco C.ORCID iD for Rowland, Bosco C.
Wolfenden, Luke
Gillham, Karen
Kingsland, Melanie
Richardson, BenORCID iD for Richardson, Ben
Wiggers, John
Journal name Australian and New Zealand journal of public health
Volume number 39
Issue number 3
Start page 210
End page 215
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-06
ISSN 1326-0200
Keyword(s) community sports clubs
risky alcohol consumption
social capital
Summary Objective: Community sports clubs provide an important contribution to the health and wellbeing of individuals and the community; however, they have also been associated with risky alcohol consumption. This study assessed whether a club's alcohol management strategies were related to risky alcohol consumption by members and levels of social capital, as measured in terms of participation in and perceived safety of the club. Method: A total of 723 sports club members from 33 community football clubs in New South Wales, Australia, completed a computer assisted telephone interview (CATI) and a management representative from each club also completed a CATI. The club representative reported on the club's implementation of 11 alcohol management practices, while club members reported their alcohol consumption and perceived levels of safety at the club and participation in the club. Results: A structural equation model identified having the bar open for more than four hours; having alcohol promotions; and serving intoxicated patrons were associated with increased risky alcohol consumption while at the club; which in turn was associated with lower levels of perceived club safety and member participation. Conclusion and implications: The positive contribution of community sports clubs to the community may be diminished by specific inadequate alcohol management practices. Changing alcohol management practices can reduce alcohol consumption, and possibly increase perceived aspects of social capital, such as safety and participation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/1753-6405.12280
Field of Research 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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