Public opinion in Puerto Rico on alcohol control policies

Eileen M Harwood, Debra H. Bernat, Kathleen M Lenk, Mary Jo Vázquez, Alexander C. Wagenaar

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-445
Number of pages20
JournalHispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2004

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • Policies
  • Public consumption
  • Public opinion
  • Puerto Rico

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