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"It's Like A Drink You'd Have Before You Go To A Party": Analysis Of A Vodka Cruiser Advertising Campaign [Accepted Manuscript], Sandra C. Jones, Kate Louise Francis, Chloe S. Gordon Jan 2018

"It's Like A Drink You'd Have Before You Go To A Party": Analysis Of A Vodka Cruiser Advertising Campaign [Accepted Manuscript], Sandra C. Jones, Kate Louise Francis, Chloe S. Gordon

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Introduction and Aims: The aim of the present study was to explore young women's understandings of, and interactions with, an advertising campaign for a pre-mixed alcohol product that appeared to be promoting pre-drinking. This campaign was the subject of complaints to the Alcohol Advertising Review Board, revealing an inconsistency between the way the company responded to such complaints (arguing that the campaign does not encourage pre-drinking) and the way it described the campaign in trade press (the pre-drink enjoyed by the ‘girls’ while getting ready …). Design and Methods: Twelve focus groups were conducted with 72 young women, aged 15 ...


Associations Between Access To Alcohol Outlets And Alcohol Intake And Depressive Symptoms In Women From Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods In Australia, Karen E. Lamb, Lukar Thornton, Megan Teychenne, Catherine Milte, Ester Cerin, Kylie Ball Jan 2017

Associations Between Access To Alcohol Outlets And Alcohol Intake And Depressive Symptoms In Women From Socioeconomically Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods In Australia, Karen E. Lamb, Lukar Thornton, Megan Teychenne, Catherine Milte, Ester Cerin, Kylie Ball

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Background: This study examined associations between alcohol outlet access and alcohol intake, depressive symptoms score and risk of depression among women residing in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Victoria, Australia. Methods: Data on depressive symptoms, alcohol intake and socio-demographic characteristics were obtained from a sample of 995 adult women from Victoria, Australia who were surveyed as part of the Resilience in Eating and Activity Despite Inequality (READI) study. The location of all licensed alcohol outlets in Victoria was obtained from the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation. Participant and alcohol outlet addresses were geocoded to calculate individual alcohol outlet access, defined ...


A Systematic Review Of Children's Alcohol-Related Knowledge, Attitudes And Expectancies, Sandra C. Jones, Chloe S. Gordon Jan 2017

A Systematic Review Of Children's Alcohol-Related Knowledge, Attitudes And Expectancies, Sandra C. Jones, Chloe S. Gordon

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Understanding the nature of, and transitions in, young children's alcohol-related knowledge and attitudes is important to determining the age at which we should start educating children about alcohol and informing our understanding of the focus of such education. This paper aimed to explore current literature on the alcohol-related knowledge, beliefs, attitudes and expectancies of children aged 12 years and under. Electronic databases were searched for papers published from January 2000–August 2016. Further papers were identified by a manual review of reference lists, and contacting corresponding authors of included papers. Papers that reported on children's knowledge or beliefs ...


Qualitative Process Evaluation Of An Australian Alcohol Media Literacy Study: Recommendations For Designing Culturally Responsive School-Based Programs, Chloe S. Gordon, Lisa Kervin, Sandra Jones, Steven J. Howard Jan 2017

Qualitative Process Evaluation Of An Australian Alcohol Media Literacy Study: Recommendations For Designing Culturally Responsive School-Based Programs, Chloe S. Gordon, Lisa Kervin, Sandra Jones, Steven J. Howard

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Background: Alcohol media literacy programs seek to mitigate the potentially harmful effects of alcohol advertising on children’s drinking intentions and behaviours through equipping them with skills to challenge media messages. In order for such programs to be effective, the teaching and learning experiences must be tailored to their specific cultural context. Media in the Spotlight is an alcohol media literacy program aimed at 9 to 12 year old Australian children. This study evaluates the process and implementation of the program, outlining the factors that facilitated and inhibited implementation. From this evaluation, a pedagogical framework has been developed for health ...


How Preferences For Volume-Based Promotions Differ Between At-Risk And Non-Problem Female Drinkers [Accepted Manuscript], Steven L. Trawley, Navjot Bhular, Sandra C. Jones Jan 2017

How Preferences For Volume-Based Promotions Differ Between At-Risk And Non-Problem Female Drinkers [Accepted Manuscript], Steven L. Trawley, Navjot Bhular, Sandra C. Jones

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Background Previous work has indicated that volume-based promotions encourage greater alcohol consumption. We report on a novel experimental approach that examined whether volume-based promotions, such as “Buy 1 Get 1 Free”, were selected more frequently than a simple 50% price discount among a sample of young adults who were differentiated by their levels of alcohol use. Methods 90 female university students took part in an online survey where they were asked to select either a volume- or price-based deal for alcohol or non-alcohol products. All participants were grouped as either non-problem drinkers or at-risk drinkers based on their response to ...


Marketing To Youth In The Digital Age: The Promotion Of Unhealthy Products And Health Promoting Behaviours On Social Media, Sally Dunlop, Becky Freeman, Sandra C. Jones Jan 2016

Marketing To Youth In The Digital Age: The Promotion Of Unhealthy Products And Health Promoting Behaviours On Social Media, Sally Dunlop, Becky Freeman, Sandra C. Jones

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The near-ubiquitous use of social media among adolescents and young adults creates opportunities for both corporate brands and health promotion agencies to target and engage with young audiences in unprecedented ways. Traditional media is known to have both a positive and negative influence on youth health behaviours, but the impact of social media is less well understood. This paper first summarises current evidence around adolescents’ exposure to the promotion and marketing of unhealthy products such as energy dense and nutrient poor food and beverages, alcohol, and tobacco on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. We explore ...


Alcohol-Branded Merchandise Ownership And Drinking, Sandra C. Jones Jan 2016

Alcohol-Branded Merchandise Ownership And Drinking, Sandra C. Jones

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Contexts: Alcohol-branded merchandise (ABM) has a longer shelf-life than other forms of alcohol marketing and the potential to become integrated into children’s self-identities.

Objective: This review sought to explore the current literature on children’s exposure to, and the impact of, ABM. Data sources: PsycInfo, Proquest, Science Direct, and ABI-Inform databases were searched from the earliest available date to May 2015. Additional studies were identified by a manual review of the reference lists of retrieved articles and contacting the corresponding author of each included study.

Study selection: Articles that reported on child or adolescent ownership of ABM and/or ...


A Moderate Dose Of Alcohol Does Not Influence Experience Of Social Ostracism In Hazardous Drinkers, Joseph Buckingham, Abigail Moss, Krisztina Gyure, Neil Ralph, Chandni Hindocha, Will Lawn, H. Valerie Curran, Tom P. Freeman Jan 2016

A Moderate Dose Of Alcohol Does Not Influence Experience Of Social Ostracism In Hazardous Drinkers, Joseph Buckingham, Abigail Moss, Krisztina Gyure, Neil Ralph, Chandni Hindocha, Will Lawn, H. Valerie Curran, Tom P. Freeman

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Anecdotal and correlational evidence suggests a relationship between social ostracism and alcohol dependence. Furthermore, a recent fMRI investigation found differences in the neural correlates associated with ostracism in people with alcohol dependence compared to healthy controls. We predicted that acutely administered alcohol would reduce the negative effects of social ostracism. Alcohol (0.4 g/kg) or matched placebo was administered to a sample of 32 hazardous drinkers over two sessions in a randomized, double-blind, cross-over design. In each session, participants were exposed to an ostracism event via the computerized ball passing game, “Cyberball.” In order to quantify the effects of ...


Alcohol-Branded Merchandise Ownership And Drinking [Accepted Manuscript], Sandra C. Jones Jan 2016

Alcohol-Branded Merchandise Ownership And Drinking [Accepted Manuscript], Sandra C. Jones

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Contexts: Alcohol-branded merchandise (ABM) has a longer shelf-life than other forms of alcohol marketing and the potential to become integrated into children’s self-identities.

Objective: This review sought to explore the current literature on children’s exposure to, and the impact of, ABM. Data sources: PsycInfo, Proquest, Science Direct, and ABI-Inform databases were searched from the earliest available date to May 2015. Additional studies were identified by a manual review of the reference lists of retrieved articles and contacting the corresponding author of each included study.

Study selection: Articles that reported on child or adolescent ownership of ABM and/or ...


Characteristics Of Individuals Presenting To Treatment For Primary Alcohol Problems Versus Other Drug Problems In The Australian Patient Pathways Study, Dan Lubman, Joshua B. B. Garfield, Victoria Manning, Lynda Berends, David Best, Janette Mugavin, Tina Lam, Penny Buykx, Andrew Larner, Belinda K. Lloyd, Robin Room, Steve Allsop Jan 2016

Characteristics Of Individuals Presenting To Treatment For Primary Alcohol Problems Versus Other Drug Problems In The Australian Patient Pathways Study, Dan Lubman, Joshua B. B. Garfield, Victoria Manning, Lynda Berends, David Best, Janette Mugavin, Tina Lam, Penny Buykx, Andrew Larner, Belinda K. Lloyd, Robin Room, Steve Allsop

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Background People seeking treatment for substance use disorders often have additional health and social issues. Although individuals presenting with alcohol as the primary drug of concern (PDOC) account for nearly half of all treatment episodes to the Australian alcohol and other drug (AOD) service system, previous treatment cohort studies have focused only on the profile of Australian heroin or methamphetamine users. While studies overseas indicate that clients seeking treatment primarily for their drinking are less likely to experience social and economic marginalisation than those seeking treatment primarily for illicit or pharmaceutical drug use, very little research has directly compared individuals ...


Empowering Students To Respond To Alcohol Advertisements: Results From A Pilot Study Of An Australian Media Literacy Intervention, Chloe S. Gordon, Sandra Carol Jones, Lisa Kervin, Jeong Kyu Lee Jan 2016

Empowering Students To Respond To Alcohol Advertisements: Results From A Pilot Study Of An Australian Media Literacy Intervention, Chloe S. Gordon, Sandra Carol Jones, Lisa Kervin, Jeong Kyu Lee

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Objective: Alcohol media literacy programs in the United States have increased students' media literacy skills and lowered pre-drinking behaviour. In Australia, no such programs have yet been implemented or evaluated. This pilot study aimed to examine the feasibility and potential impact of an alcohol media literacy program for Australian upper-primary school children. Methods: Thirty-seven Year 5 and 6 students (aged 10–12) from one school in the Sydney region participated in 10 one-hour media lessons. Teacher interviews, student exit slips, teacher observations and a researcher reflective journal were analysed to examine the implementation process, while a pre- and post-questionnaire was ...


Extinction Learning Is Slower, Weaker And Less Context Specific After Alcohol, James A. Bisby, John A. King, Valentina Sulpizio, Fanny Degeilh, H. Valerie Curran, Neil Burgess Jan 2015

Extinction Learning Is Slower, Weaker And Less Context Specific After Alcohol, James A. Bisby, John A. King, Valentina Sulpizio, Fanny Degeilh, H. Valerie Curran, Neil Burgess

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Alcohol is frequently involved in psychological trauma and often used by individuals to reduce fear and anxiety. We examined the effects of alcohol on fear acquisition and extinction within a virtual environment. Healthy volunteers were administered alcohol (0.4 g/kg) or placebo and underwent acquisition and extinction from different viewpoints of a virtual courtyard, in which the conditioned stimulus, paired with a mild electric shock, was centrally located. Participants returned the following day to test fear recall from both viewpoints of the courtyard. Skin conductance responses were recorded as an index of conditioned fear. Successful fear acquisition under alcohol ...


Supply Of Alcohol To Underage Drinkers: Misperceptions Of Community Norms [Accepted Manuscript], Sandra C. Jones, Kate L. Francis Jan 2015

Supply Of Alcohol To Underage Drinkers: Misperceptions Of Community Norms [Accepted Manuscript], Sandra C. Jones, Kate L. Francis

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Rationale: Adult approval and acceptance of alcohol use is highly correlated with underage drinking. Social norms influence young people's decisions to drink alcohol. While there is a dearth of studies to date, it is likely that social norms also influence adults' decisions to provide adolescents with alcohol.

Objective: The current study explored the (in)consistencies between own and perceptions of others' views of underage drinking and the provision of alcohol to underage drinkers.

Methods: Computer assisted telephone survey of 1160 adults in two communities in New South Wales, Australia.

Results: Parents and community members were generally opposed to underage ...


Using Social Marketing To Create Communities For Our Children And Adolescents That Do Not Model And Encourage Drinking [Accepted Manuscript], Sandra C. Jones Jan 2014

Using Social Marketing To Create Communities For Our Children And Adolescents That Do Not Model And Encourage Drinking [Accepted Manuscript], Sandra C. Jones

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Our children and adolescents are growing up in environments that support, and even, encourage (excessive) drinking. Thus, if we are to address the problem of underage drinking our focus needs to move beyond eliciting behavior change among children and adolescents to changing underlying community attitudes, social norms, and the environment itself. This review sought to examine the evidence base surrounding ‘community-based’ interventions designed to address underage drinking; to determine the extent to which ‘community’ interventions have thus far targeted the broader community and gone beyond behavior-focused strategies and endeavored to change social and physical environments. The review found surprisingly few ...


Harms And Benefits Associated With Psychoactive Drugs: Findings Of An International Survey Of Active Drug Users, Celia J. A. Morgan, Louise A. Noronha, Mark Muetzelfeldt, Amanda Fielding, H. Valerie Curran Jan 2013

Harms And Benefits Associated With Psychoactive Drugs: Findings Of An International Survey Of Active Drug Users, Celia J. A. Morgan, Louise A. Noronha, Mark Muetzelfeldt, Amanda Fielding, H. Valerie Curran

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There have been several recent efforts in the UK and the Netherlands to describe the harms of psychoactive substances based on ratings of either experts or drug users. This study aimed to assess the perceived benefits as well as harms of widely used recreational drugs, both licit and illicit, in an international sample of drug users. The survey was hosted at https://www.internationaldrugsurvey.org/ and was available in three languages. Residents reported their experience of 15 commonly used drugs or drug classes; regular users then rated their harms and benefits. In all, 5791 individuals from over 40 countries completed ...