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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The International Alcohol Control Study: Methodology and implementation
Author(s): Huckle, Taisia
Casswell, Sally
MacKintosh, Anne Marie
Chaiyasong, Surasak
Cuong, Pham Viet
Morojele, Neo
Parry, Charles D H
Meier, Petra
Holmes, John
Callinan, Sarah
Piazza, Marina
Kazantseva, Elena
Bayandorj, Tsogzolmaa
Gray-Phillip, Gaile
Haliday, Sharon
Keywords: alcohol consumption
alcohol policy
international alcohol control study
Issue Date: 31-Aug-2018
Date Deposited: 22-Jan-2018
Citation: Huckle T, Casswell S, MacKintosh AM, Chaiyasong S, Cuong PV, Morojele N, Parry CDH, Meier P, Holmes J, Callinan S, Piazza M, Kazantseva E, Bayandorj T, Gray-Phillip G & Haliday S (2018) The International Alcohol Control Study: Methodology and implementation. Drug and Alcohol Review, 37 (S2), pp. S10-S17.
Abstract: Introduction and Aims  The International Alcohol Control (IAC) Study is a multi-country collaborative project to assess patterns of alcohol consumption and the impact of alcohol control policy. The aim of this paper is to report the methods and implementation of the IAC.  Design and Methods  The IAC has been implemented among drinkers 16–65 years in high- and middle-income countries: Australia, England, Scotland, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, Thailand, South Africa, Peru, Mongolia and Vietnam (the latter four samples were sub-national). Two research instruments were used: the IAC survey of drinkers and the Alcohol Environmental Protocol (a protocol for policy analysis). The survey was administered via computer-assisted interview and the Alcohol Environmental Protocol data were collected via document review, administrative or commercial data and key informant interviews.  Results  The IAC instruments were readily adapted for cross-country use. The IAC methodology has provided cross-country survey data on key measures of alcohol consumption (quantity, frequency and volume), aspects of policy relevant behaviour and policy implementation: availability, price, purchasing, marketing and drink driving. The median response rate for all countries was 60% (range 16% to 99%). Where data on alcohol available for consumption were available the validity of survey consumption measures were assessed by calculating survey coverage found to be 86% or above. Differential response bias was handled, to the extent it could be, using post-stratification weights.  Discussion and Conclusions  The IAC study will allow for cross-country analysis of drinking patterns, the relationship between alcohol use and policy relevant behaviour in different countries.
DOI Link: 10.1111/dar.12650
Rights: © 2018 The Authors Drug and Alcohol Review published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes
Notes: Additional co-authors: Sungsoo Chun, Miriam Welch, Thomas Graydon-Guy, Karl Parker
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