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  1. Public opinions on alcohol policy issues : a comparison of American and Canadian surveys.

    Article - En anglais


    To study international and within country differences with regard to views by the general public on alcohol policy topics, describe associations with socio-demographic characteristics and drinking practices, and contrast opinions with variations in actual policies.

    Design, setting, subjects

    Large-scale cross-sectional household surveys were conducted in Canada (n-11 550) and the United States (n=4004) in 1989-90, involving representative samples of adults aged 18 and older.


    Eleven alcohol policy topics were examined :

    • alcohol taxes ;

    • hours of off-premise sale ;

    • legal drinking age ;

    • alcohol sales in corner stores ;

    • government advertising against alcohol ;

    • warning labels on alcohol products ;

    • alcohol advertising on TV ;

    • industry sponsorship of cultural or sports events ;

    • efforts to prevent service to drunken customers ;

    • prevention and education ;

    • and treatment,

    • Findings.

    Even after controlling for drinking levels and respondent characteristics, policy measures that control physical or economic access to alcohol are not as strongly supported as those that provide information or focus on the heavy drinker.

    There was greater polarization of opinion within both countries for policy items relating to promotion of alcohol or control of physical, demographic or economic access, and virtually no polarization with regard to items such as curtailing service to drunken customers or providing information or treatment. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Alcoolisme, Politique sanitaire, Opinion publique, Attitude, Etude transculturelle, Environnement social, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Canada, Santé mentale, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Alcoholism, Health policy, Public opinion, Attitude, Crosscultural study, Social environment, United States, North America, America, Canada, Mental health, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0309013

    Code Inist : 002B18H05A. Création : 16/11/1999.