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Motivations for reducing alcohol consumption: exploring experiences that may lead to a change in drinking habits

A paper published in the journal Addictive Behaviors explored the experiences that might lead people to reduce their alcohol consumption compared these findings between respondents from 21 different countries.

Global Drug Survey is an online cross sectional, opportunistic anonymous survey. This paper includes 72,209 respondents from 21 counties with over 250 respondents (60.8% male).

32.9% of participants reported that they would like to drink less alcohol over the next 12 months, and a third thought their GP would tell them to cut down if they were honest about their drinking. The primary experiences that were rated as most likely to lead to a change in behaviour were related to physical health, sexual assault and having to seek emergency medical treatment.

Respondents from Germany were more likely to select embarrassment as a motivation to reduce drinking than those from other counties. Females were more likely to report indicate motivations related to sexual regret, sexual assault or seeking treatment. Older participants and those in the low risk audit category were more likely to report embarrassment or forgetfulness as potential motivation for change.

Understanding the different motivations that may lead individuals to change their drinking behaviours can be used to inform targeted brief interventions and targeted public health guidance.

Source: Motivations for reducing alcohol consumption: An international survey exploring experiences that may lead to a change in drinking habits. Davies EL, Conroy D, Winstock AR, Ferris J. Addict Behav. 2017 Dec;75:40-46.

 
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