Journal article

Perceptions of low-risk drinking levels among Australians during a period of change in the official drinking guidelines

Michael Livingston

DRUG AND ALCOHOL REVIEW | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2012

Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: In 2009, the National Health and Medical Research Council released a revision of Australia's official low-risk alcohol guidelines, specifying low-risk consumption levels for both short- and long-term consumption. This study aims to assess how the general population's assessment of low-risk drinking levels compares to these guidelines and to examine whether the changes to the official guidelines corresponded with changes in perceptions of low-risk drinking levels in the population. DESIGN AND METHODS: The study uses two waves of a large, general population survey which was run in 2007 (n = 19 818) and 2010 (n = 26 648), providing before and after measures of respondents..

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