Patterns in reduction or cessation of drinking in Australia (2001-2013) and motivation for change

Pennay, Amy, Callinan, Sarah, Livingston, Michael, Lubman, Daniel I., Holmes, John, MacLean, Sarah, Herring, Rachel ORCID logoORCID: and Dietze, Paul (2018) Patterns in reduction or cessation of drinking in Australia (2001-2013) and motivation for change. Alcohol and Alcoholism . ISSN 0735-0414 [Article] (Published online first) (doi:10.1093/alcalc/agy072)

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Aims: This paper examines: 1) change over time (2001-2013) in recently reducing or ceasing drinking in the Australian population, and 2) the reasons given for reducing or ceasing drinking in the most recent survey (2013); stratified by sex and age group.
Methods: Data are from five waves of the National Drug Strategy Household Survey (N=119,397). Logistic regression models with interaction terms were used to identify a shift in sex or age over time in predicting reduction or cessation of drinking, and to predict motivations for reducing or ceasing drinking by sex and age.
Results: Reports of recently reducing the quantity or frequency of drinking increased from 2001 to 2007, and remained stable between 2007 and 2013. There was a steady increase in the number of Australians reporting recently ceasing drinking from 2001 to 2013, with a significant effect for age (younger groups more likely than older groups to cease drinking in the past two waves). Reasons for reducing or ceasing drinking varied by age, with older people more likely to report health reasons, and younger people more likely to report lifestyle reasons or enjoyment.
Conclusion: Increases over time in reports of reduction or cessation of drinking due to health, lifestyle, social and enjoyment reasons, suggests that the social position of alcohol in Australia may be shifting, particularly among young people.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 25673
Notes on copyright: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Alcohol and Alcoholism following peer review. The version of record Pennay, Amy, Sarah Callinan, Michael Livingston, Daniel I Lubman, John Holmes, Sarah MacLean, Rachel Herring, and Paul Dietze. “Patterns in Reduction or Cessation of Drinking in Australia (2001–2013) and Motivation for Change.” Alcohol and Alcoholism (October 20, 2018)" is available online at: and
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Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2018 13:41
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