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NCJ Number: 119494 Find in a Library
Title: International Trends in Alcohol Consumption: A Report on a Symposium
Journal: Contemporary Drug Problems  Volume:15  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1988)  Pages:685-716
Author(s): M E Hilton; B M Johnstone
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 32
Grant Number: AA05595; AA07034
Type: Survey (Cross-Cultural)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the proceedings of a symposium on international trends in alcohol consumption held in June 1988 in Berkeley, California and reports the results of a survey of the 22 participant countries on the issues of consumption and distribution; rates, treatment, and social handling of alcohol-related problems; and alcohol control policy.
Abstract: Among the survey findings, it was reported that many countries believe it is important for researchers and policy-makers to monitor alcohol consumption. Some industrialized countries reported that alcohol consumption had stabilized or declined in recent years, while some developing countries reported increases in alcohol consumption. The consumption of alcohol by women has increased in developed and developing countries, and some countries reported changes in the kinds of alcoholic beverages consumed by young people. Several countries reported changes in the handling of drunk driving violations and the increased use of outpatient care to treat alcohol-related problems. Alcohol control policies include restricting advertising, health warnings on beverage containers, and government monopolies on sales. One-third of the participating countries reported explicit policies for reducing alcohol consumption. Appendix lists conference participants. 26 references.
Main Term(s): Alcoholic beverage consumption
Index Term(s): Cross-cultural comparisons; Liquor control laws; Symposia
Note: Report describes proceedings of a symposium entitled International Trends in Alcohol Consumption, held in Berkeley, California on June 11, 1988
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