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BMC Public Health

, 11:58

First Online: 27 January 2011Received: 30 July 2010Accepted: 27 January 2011DOI: 10.1186-1471-2458-11-58

Cite this article as: Tobin, C., Moodie, A.R. & Livingstone, C. BMC Public Health 2011 11: 58. doi:10.1186-1471-2458-11-58


BackgroundIncreasing concern about the negative impact of alcohol on the Australian community has renewed calls for tighter regulatory controls. This paper reviews levels of and trends in public support for liquor control regulations, regulation of alcohol promotions, and alcohol pricing and taxation reforms in Australia between 1998 and 2009.

MethodsSix electronic databases and twenty public health and alcohol organisation websites were searched for research literature, reports and media releases describing levels of public support for alcohol controls. Only studies which randomly selected participants were included.

ResultsTwenty-one studies were included in the review. The majority of the Australian public support most proposed alcohol controls. Levels of support are divided between targeted and universal controls.

ConclusionsImplementation of targeted alcohol policies is likely to be strongly supported by the Australian public, but universal controls are liable to be unpopular. Policy makers are provided with insights into factors likely to be associated with higher public support.

List of abbreviationsCATIComputer Assisted Telephone Interviewing

DandCDrop and Collect

NDSHSNational Drug Strategy Household Survey

NSWNew South Wales

NTNorthern Territory

RBTRandom Breath Testing

WAWestern Australia

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2458-11-58 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Claire Tobin - A Rob Moodie - Charles Livingstone

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