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Consumer protection messages in alcohol marketing on Twitter in Ireland: A content analysis

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Critchlow N & Moodie C (2022) Consumer protection messages in alcohol marketing on Twitter in Ireland: A content analysis. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2022.2028730

Abstract
Alcohol marketing provides a high-reach opportunity to communicate consumer protection messages (e.g. health warnings), but there are concerns about the efficacy of self-regulatory practice. Through the Public Health (Alcohol) Act, Ireland will mandate the presence of such information. To understand the potential impact of the Act, we examined: (1) the presence of self-regulated consumer protection messages in alcohol marketing on Twitter; and (2) the presence of warnings (about alcohol, drinking when pregnant, and cancers) and signposts to websites with information about alcohol, which will be required under the Act. Data come from a content analysis of Tweets (n¼554) from a purposive nonprobabilistic sample of 13 alcohol companies either based in Ireland or, for multinational companies, where marketing was targeted at Ireland. A third of Tweets (36.3%) had a self-regulated message, with ‘Get the facts. Be DRINKAWARE’ featured most (20.0%). No Tweets signposted independent health websites, 20.6% signposted an industry-funded website (drinkaware.ie), and 6.7% signposted industry-controlled websites. No Tweets featured warnings about the dangers of alcohol or link to cancers. Only one brand (0.5% Tweets) referenced drinking during pregnancy, but only through incidental exposure to warnings on packaging. Ireland’s legislation will fundamentally improve communication of warnings in alcohol marketing on Twitter.

Keywords
Alcohol marketing; Twitter; Health warnings; Health information; Alcohol advertising; Social media

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Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy

StatusIn Press
FundersIPH Institute of Public Health in Ireland
Publication date online31/01/2022
Date accepted by journal09/01/2022
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/33892
ISSN0968-7637
eISSN1465-3370

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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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