Contextual determinants of alcohol consumption changes and preventive alcohol policies: A 12-country European study in progress

Allaman Allamani, Fabio Voller, Adriano Decarli, Veronica Casotto, Karin Pantzer, Peter Anderson, Antoni Gual, Silvia Matrai, Zsuzsanna Elekes, Irmgard Eisenbach-Stangl, Gabriele Schmied, Ronald A. Knibbe, Sturla Nordlund, Øystein Skjælaaen, Börje Olsson, Jenny Cisneros Örnberg, Esa Österberg, Thomas Karlsson, Martin Plant, Moira PlantPatrick Miller, Nikki Coghill, Grazyna Świa̧tkiewicz, Lukasz Wieczorek, Beatrice Annaheim, Gerhard Gmel

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Beginning with France in the 1950s, alcohol consumption has decreased in Southern European countries with few or no preventive alcohol policy measures being implemented, while alcohol consumption has been increasing in Northern European countries where historically more restrictive alcohol control policies were in place, even though more recently they were loosened. At the same time, Central and Eastern Europe have shown an intermediate behavior. We propose that country-specific changes in alcohol consumption between 1960 and 2008 are explained by a combination of a number of factors: (1) preventive alcohol policies and (2) social, cultural, economic, and demographic determinants. This article describes the methodology of a research study designed to understand the complex interactions that have occurred throughout Europe over the past five decades. These include changes in alcohol consumption, drinking patterns and alcohol-related harm, and the actual determinants of such changes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1288-1303
Number of pages16
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Jul 27 2011


  • Alcohol consumption
  • Alcohol policy
  • Demographics
  • Sociocultural determinants
  • Time trend

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine(all)


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