Lay causes of binge drinking in the United Kingdom and Australia: a causal network diagram approach

Keatley, David A. and Ferguson, Eamonn and Lonsdale, Adam and Hagger, Martin S. (2017) Lay causes of binge drinking in the United Kingdom and Australia: a causal network diagram approach. Health Education Research, 32 (1). pp. 33-47. ISSN 1465-3648

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Abstract

Binge drinking is associated with deleterious health, social and economic outcomes. This study explored the lay understanding of the causes of binge drinking in members of the general public in the United Kingdom and Australia. Participants in the United Kingdom (N = 133) and Australia (N = 102) completed a network diagram exercise requiring them to draw causal paths and provide path strength ratings between 12 candidate factors (24-h opening, age, alcohol advertizing, alcohol availability, boredom, drinking culture, income, low cost, parental influence, peer pressure, stress and supermarket discounts) and binge drinking. Results indicated good consistency in paths across samples, although differences in frequency and strength ratings for some paths were found. Drinking culture, peer pressure and low alcohol cost were perceived as direct causes of binge drinking in both samples. Low alcohol cost and drinking culture were most frequently viewed as direct causes of binge drinking in UK and Australian participants, respectively. Supermarket discounts and low cost of alcohol were most frequently viewed as indirect causes of binge drinking by UK and Australian samples. Findings reflect general awareness and prominence of factors affecting binge drinking in both national groups. Findings may inform the development of campaigns to promote public support policies to curb binge drinking.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Health Education Research following peer review. The version of record David A. Keatley, Eamonn Ferguson, Adam Lonsdale, Martin S. Hagger; Lay understanding of the causes of binge drinking in the United Kingdom and Australia: a network diagram approach. Health Educ Res 2017; 32 (1): 33-47 is available online at: https://academic.oup.com/her/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/her/cyw056.
Keywords: ethanol; australia; boredom; binge drinking; peer pressure
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Psychology
Identification Number: 10.1093/her/cyw056
Depositing User: Ferguson, Eamonn
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2017 11:47
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 23:10
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44466

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