Influencing alcohol control policies and practices at community festivals

Traci L. Toomey, Lindsey A. Fabian, Darin J. Erickson, Alexander C. Wagenaar, Linda Fletcher, Kathleen M. Lenk

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The goal of this study was to assess the feasibility and effectiveness of two interventions aimed at reducing alcohol-related risks at community festivals - a training program for festival planners and a community organizing campaign. We randomly selected four festivals for each intervention and had 24 comparison festivals. Our assessment included process evaluation to track and evaluate types of alcohol policies resulting from each of the interventions, pre and post telephone surveys of key festival planners and law enforcement agencies, and pre and post pseudo-underage and pseudo-intoxicated purchase attempts. Analyses showed that both interventions were feasible and were successful in influencing adoption of written policies and improving alcohol-related practices. However, neither intervention appeared to decrease propensity for illegal alcohol sales at these events, likely due, in part, to the short time frame of the interventions. Future research should assess effects of the interventions on alcohol-related problems and effects of enforcement interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-32
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Drug Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006


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