Benchmarking alcohol literacy: a multi-country study
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Alcohol is a harmful drug putting both the individual and others at risk, all at a great cost to society. Considerable de bate surrounds alcohol marketing practices with some advocating for more government control on the marketing of alcohol to curb excessive alcohol consumption. An opposing view exists with others advocating for an individual's right to choose, with lobbyis ts making specific reference to informed adults. This paper contends this debate may be premature as adults are not adequately informed about alcohol. Data was collected from more than 1,500 respondents in Australia, Canada and Poland to provide an initi al benchmark for alcohol literacy. The results of this study indicate that adults are not sufficiently informed about alcohol, and the effects of alcohol on their health. Our research indicates that adult alcohol literacy must first be improved to ensure that informed choices can be made. In an era of social responsibility alcohol stakeholders are obligated to act. In the absence of fully informed adults government must act immediately to prevent alcohol related harm in the short term and to ensure that adults are alcohol literate to encourage moderate drinking in the long term. Public pol icy implications are outlined. Keywords: alcohol literacy, social marketing, alcohol consumption, marketing research.
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