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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(3), 827-841; doi:10.3390/ijerph7030827
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An Exploratory Approach to Analyzing Alcohol Control Policy Opinions Held by Ontario Adults

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1 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 33 Russell Street, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2S1, Canada 2 Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, 155 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 3M7, Canada 3 Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, 250 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1R8 Canada 4 Technische Universität, Dresden, Pressetelle 01062, Dresden, Germany
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Received: 31 December 2009 / Accepted: 2 March 2010 / Published: 8 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Research on Alcohol: Public Health Perspectives)
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Abstract

Telephone interview data from a representative sample of 1,216 Ontario adults were analyzed using latent class analysis to determine whether distinct and homogeneous classes of individuals could be identified based on their responding patterns to 11 alcohol policy items. Five latent classes were identified and labeled as: dedicated liberalizers, moderate liberalizers, moderate controllers, dedicated controllers, and an ambivalent class. Multinomial regression analysis indicated that demographic and alcohol factors differentiated the classes. Those most opposed to alcohol controls, dedicated liberalizers, were more likely to be male, younger and heavier drinkers. Given their young age it is possible that further erosion of public support for alcohol controls may be expected.
Keywords: alcohol policy opinions; latent class analysis; Ontario adults; survey alcohol policy opinions; latent class analysis; Ontario adults; survey
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Ialomiteanu, A.R.; Giesbrecht, N.; Adlaf, E.M.; Irving, H.; Paglia-Boak, A.; Rehm, J. An Exploratory Approach to Analyzing Alcohol Control Policy Opinions Held by Ontario Adults. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 827-841.

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