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Title: Availability of alcohol: Location, time and ease of purchase in high- and middle-income countries: Data from the International Alcohol Control study
Author(s): Gray-Phillip, Gaile
Huckle, Taisia
Callinan, Sarah
Parry, Charles D H
Chaiyasong, Surasak
Cuong, Pham Viet
MacKintosh, Anne Marie
Meier, Petra
Kazantseva, Elena
Piazza, Marina
Parker, Karl
Casswell, Sally
Keywords: alcohol
location, time and ease of purchase
international alcohol control study
Issue Date: 31-Aug-2018
Date Deposited: 10-Apr-2018
Citation: Gray-Phillip G, Huckle T, Callinan S, Parry CDH, Chaiyasong S, Cuong PV, MacKintosh AM, Meier P, Kazantseva E, Piazza M, Parker K & Casswell S (2018) Availability of alcohol: Location, time and ease of purchase in high- and middle-income countries: Data from the International Alcohol Control study. Drug and Alcohol Review, 37 (S2), pp. S36-S44.
Abstract: Introduction and Aims:  Cross-country studies on alcohol purchasing and access are rare. We examined where and when people access alcohol to understand patterns of availability across a range of middle- and high-income countries.  Design and Methods:  Surveys of drinkers in the International Alcohol Control study in high-income countries (Australia, England, Scotland, New Zealand and St Kitts and Nevis) and middle-income countries (Mongolia, South Africa, Peru, Thailand and Vietnam) were analysed. Measures were: location of purchase from on-premise and take-away outlets, proportion of alcohol consumed on-premise versus take-away outlets, hours of purchase, access among underage drinkers and time to access alcohol.  Results:  On-premise purchasing was prevalent in the high-income countries. However, the vast majority of alcohol consumed in all countries, except St Kitts and Nevis (high-income), was take-away. Percentages of drinkers purchasing from different types of on-premise and take-away outlets varied between countries. Late purchasing was common in Peru and less common in Thailand and Vietnam. Alcohol was easily accessed by drinkers in all countries, including underage drinkers in the middle-income countries.  Discussion and Conclusions:  In nine out of 10 countries the vast majority of alcohol consumed was take-away. Alcohol was readily available and relatively easy for underage drinkers to access, particularly in the middle-income countries. Research is needed to assess the harms associated with take-away consumption including late at night. Attention is needed to address the easy access by underage drinkers in the middle-income countries which has been less of a focus than in high-income countries.
DOI Link: 10.1111/dar.12693
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.
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