Western Australian public opinions of a minimum pricing policy for alcohol: study protocol

Keatley, David and Carragher, Natacha and Chikrtizhs, Tanya and Daube, Mike and Hardcastle, Sarah and Hagger, Martin (2015) Western Australian public opinions of a minimum pricing policy for alcohol: study protocol. JMIR Research Protocols, 4 (4). e127. ISSN 1929-0748

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Abstract

Background: Excessive alcohol consumption has significant adverse economic, social, and health outcomes. Recent estimates
suggest that the annual economic costs of alcohol in Australia are up to AUD $36 billion. Policies influencing price have been
demonstrated to be very effective in reducing alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harms. Interest in minimum pricing has
gained traction in recent years. However, there has been little research investigating the level of support for the public interest
case of minimum pricing in Australia.
Objective: This article describes protocol for a study exploring Western Australian (WA) public knowledge, understanding,
and reaction to a proposed minimum price policy per standard drink.
Methods: The study will employ a qualitative methodological design. Participants will be recruited from a wide variety of
backgrounds, including ethnic minorities, blue and white collar workers, unemployed, students, and elderly/retired populations
to participate in focus groups. Focus group participants will be asked about their knowledge of, and initial reactions to, the
proposed policy and encouraged to discuss how such a proposal may affect their own alcohol use and alcohol consumption at
the population level. Participants will also be asked to discuss potential avenues for increasing acceptability of the policy. The
focus groups will adopt a semi-structured, open-ended approach guided by a question schedule. The schedule will be based on
feedback from pilot samples, previous research, and a steering group comprising experts in alcohol policy and pricing.
Results: The study is expected to take approximately 14 months to complete.
Conclusions: The findings will be of considerable interest and relevance to government officials, policy makers, researchers,
advocacy groups, alcohol retail and licensed establishments and organizations, city and town planners, police, and other stakeholder
organizations.

Keywords:alcohol, addiction, policy, minimum pricing, JCOpen
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C841 Health Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C890 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:19667
Deposited On:29 Nov 2015 18:46

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