The effect of alcohol price on dependent drinkers’ alcohol consumption

Show simple item record Faulkner, C en Christie, Grant en Zhou, L en King, J en 2016-10-20T03:36:59Z en 2015-12-18 en
dc.identifier.citation New Zealand Medical Journal, 2015, 128 (1427), 9 - 17 en
dc.identifier.issn 0028-8446 en
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dc.description.abstract Aim: To investigate the current purchasing behaviours of a group of dependent drinkers and their potential response to future increases in the price of alcohol. Method: 115 clients undergoing medical detoxification completed an anonymous survey about their daily alcohol consumption, its cost, their response to potential price increases and strategies previously used when unable to afford alcohol. Results: Mean and median number of standard drinks consumed per day was 24, at a median cost of $25 NZD (95%CI $22, $30). Thirty-six per cent (95%CI 26%, 46%) of the group bought alcohol at $1 or less per standard drink, and the median number of drinks consumed per day (30) by this group was significantly higher (p=0.0028) than the rest of the sample (22.5). The most common strategy used if no money was available to purchase alcohol was to forgo essentials. If facing a potential price rise, 77% (95%CI 69%, 85%) would switch wholly or partially to a cheaper product. Conclusion: Although the majority of our group would be financially impacted by an increase in the minimum price per standard drink, any potential impacts would be most significant in those buying the cheapest alcohol (who also drink the most), suggesting that minimum pricing may be an important harm minimisation strategy in this group. A minimum price per standard drink would limit the possibility of switching to an alternate cheaper product and likely result in an overall reduction in alcohol consumption in this group. Stealing alcohol, or the use of non-beverage alcohol, were seldom reported as previous strategies used in response to unaffordable alcohol and fears of such are not valid reasons for rejecting minimum pricing to reduce general population consumption. en
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dc.language English en
dc.publisher New Zealand Medical Association en
dc.relation.ispartofseries New Zealand Medical Journal en
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dc.title The effect of alcohol price on dependent drinkers’ alcohol consumption en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 1427 en
pubs.begin-page 9 en
pubs.volume 128 en
dc.description.version VoR - Version of Record en
dc.identifier.pmid 26913999 en en
pubs.end-page 17 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 517371 en Medical and Health Sciences en School of Medicine en Psychological Medicine Dept en
dc.identifier.eissn 1175-8716 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2016-01-19 en
pubs.dimensions-id 26913999 en

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