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Awareness of alcohol marketing one year after initial implementation of Ireland's Public Health (Alcohol) Act and during the COVID-19 pandemic

Alternative title One year after the Public Health Act

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Critchlow N & Moodie C (2021) Awareness of alcohol marketing one year after initial implementation of Ireland's Public Health (Alcohol) Act and during the COVID-19 pandemic [One year after the Public Health Act]. Journal Of Public Health. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdab353

Abstract
Background: The Republic of Ireland is introducing new controls on alcohol marketing, starting in November 2019 with restrictions on some outdoor and cinema advertising, and a ban on public transport advertising. We examined changes in marketing awareness one year after initial implementation and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Repeat online cross-sectional surveys with adults in Ireland conducted October 2019 (n=1,007) and October 2020 (n=1,020). Participants self-reported past-month awareness of alcohol marketing and completed the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Concise (AUDIT-C). Current drinkers were categorised as those reporting heavy episodic drinking at least monthly and higher-risk drinkers (>5 AUDIT-C). Results: In both waves, most participants recalled some marketing awareness (94.1% vs. 93.8%). For 9/13 activities measured in both waves, there were decreases in the proportion reporting any awareness and frequency of awareness, including for the newly restricted activities. For example, any awareness of public transport advertising decreased between waves (ORAdj=0.66, 95%CI: 0.53-0.81). In both waves, higher past-month awareness was associated with at least monthly heavy episodic drinking and higher-risk consumption. Conclusion: We recommend a precautionary interpretation. It is plausible that both Ireland’s initial controls and COVID-19 restrictions contributed to decreases in awareness, but longer-term evaluation is required to determine relative contribution.

Keywords
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health; General Medicine

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Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Journal Of Public Health

StatusIn Press
FundersIPH Institute of Public Health in Ireland
Publication date online09/10/2021
Date accepted by journal01/09/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/33414
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
ISSN1741-3842
eISSN1741-3850

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Dr Nathan Critchlow
Dr Nathan Critchlow

Research Fellow, Institute for Social Marketing

Dr Crawford Moodie
Dr Crawford Moodie

Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Social Marketing

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