Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: High Density of Alcohol Retailers Linked to Bingeing, Harms

A study conducted in New Zealand has found that a resident's risk of binge drinking and alcohol-related harms increases with each alcohol-selling outlet located within convenient walking distance of home, the University of Otago reported Oct. 1.

University researchers surveyed 1,925 adults in 2007 on their alcohol use and then compared the results with mapping of all outlets where alcohol is sold, such as supermarkets and convenience stores. Jennie Connor, Ph.D., of the university's Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, reported that for every take-home ("off-license") alcohol outlet within 1 kilometer, a person’s risk for binge drinking increased by about 4 percent.
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