ERIC Number: EJ727133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Public Opinion in Puerto Rico on Alcohol Control Policies
Harwood, Eileen M.; Bernat, Debra H.; Lenk, Kathleen M.; Vazquez, Mary Jo; Wagenaar, Alexander C.
Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, v26 n4 p426-445 2004
This article discusses the first study to assess public opinion of alcohol policies in Puerto Rico. In 2001, a telephone survey of 514 adults on the island assessed levels of support for 20 alcohol control policies covering five domains: (a) raising alcohol taxes, (b) restricting alcohol consumption in public places, (c) punishing adult providers of alcohol, (d) restricting youth access to alcohol, and (e) restricting marketing of alcohol. Results show high-level support for all alcohol policies, especially for restrictions on alcohol consumption in public places (93% to 95% support) and increases in alcohol taxes earmarked for alcohol treatment, prevention, and education (92% support). Multiple regression analyses reveal older respondents, compared to younger respondents, and respondents reporting lower levels of alcohol consumption were more supportive of alcohol control policies. Results demonstrate a willingness in Puerto Rico to consider public policy solutions to social and health problems associated with drinking.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Telephone Surveys, Public Opinion, Alcohol Abuse, Adolescents, Adults, Drinking, Age Differences, Taxes, Legislation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico