Acceptability of alcohol supply to children - associations with adults' own age of initiation and social norms

Conor Gilligan, Bernadette Ward, Rebecca Kippen, Penny Buykx, Kathy Chapman

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Issue addressed:

The aim of this study was to investigate predictors of adults' perceived acceptability of introducing alcohol to children less than 18 years of age. 


An online survey. Logistic regression analyses were used to examine the association between demographic characteristics, alcohol consumption, and social norms and adults' own age of initiation. 


Alcohol consumption, age of initiation and perception of the acceptability of drunkenness were all correlated with the acceptability of introducing children to alcohol. The strongest predictor was adults' own age of initiation. 


Adults who began drinking before the age of 18, and those who drink more heavily, are more likely to perceive the provision of alcohol to children as acceptable. 

So what? 

Policy and research should continue to focus on and monitor efforts to delay adolescent alcohol initiation and reduce consumption levels among adults. A shift in awareness and perceptions about alcohol use among adults has the potential to influence initiation and heavy drinking among adolescents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-155
Number of pages5
JournalHealth promotion journal of Australia : official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017
Externally publishedYes


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