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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6(12), 380; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi6120380

Neighborhood Characteristics, Alcohol Outlet Density, and Alcohol-Related Calls-for-Service: A Spatiotemporal Analysis in a Wet Drinking Country

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Department of Social Psychology, University of Valencia, Avda. Blasco Ibáñez, 21, 46010 Valencia, Spain
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College of Social Work, The Ohio State University, Stillman Hall, 1947 College Rd., Columbus, OH 43210, USA
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Department of Statistics and Operations Research, University of Valencia, Dr. Moliner, 50, Burjassot, 46100 Valencia, Spain
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Received: 29 September 2017 / Revised: 18 November 2017 / Accepted: 18 November 2017 / Published: 23 November 2017
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Alcohol outlets have been associated with different social problems, such as crime, violence, intimate partner violence, and child maltreatment. The spatial analysis of neighborhood availability of alcohol outlets is key for better understanding of these influences. Most studies on the spatial distribution of alcohol outlets in the community have been conducted in U.S. cities, but few studies have assessed this spatial distribution in other countries where the drinking culture may differ. The aim of this study was to analyze the spatiotemporal distribution of alcohol outlets in the city of Valencia, Spain, and its relationship with neighborhood-level characteristics, as well as to examine the influence of alcohol outlet density on alcohol-related police calls-for-service. Spain is characterized by having a “wet” drinking culture and greater social acceptance of drinking compared to the U.S. Data on alcohol outlets between 2010–2015 in three categories (off-premise, restaurants and cafes, and bars) were used for the analysis. We used the 552 census block groups allocated within the city as neighborhood unit. Data were analyzed using Bayesian spatiotemporal regression models. Results showed different associations between alcohol outlets categories and neighborhood variables: off-premise density was higher in areas with lower economic status, higher immigrant concentration, and lower residential instability; restaurant and cafe density was higher in areas with higher spatially-lagged economic status, and bar density was higher in areas with higher economic status and higher spatially-lagged economic status. Furthermore, restaurant and cafe density was negatively associated with alcohol-related police calls-for-service, while bar density was positively associated with alcohol-related calls-for-service. These results can be used to inform preventive strategies for alcohol-related problems at the neighborhood-level in Spain or other countries with a wet drinking culture. Future research would benefit from exploring the relationship between alcohol availability and different social problems in cities outside the U.S. View Full-Text
Keywords: alcohol outlets; neighborhood-level characteristics; spatiotemporal analysis; Bayesian modeling approach; calls-for-service alcohol outlets; neighborhood-level characteristics; spatiotemporal analysis; Bayesian modeling approach; calls-for-service
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Marco, M.; Freisthler, B.; Gracia, E.; López-Quílez, A.; Lila, M. Neighborhood Characteristics, Alcohol Outlet Density, and Alcohol-Related Calls-for-Service: A Spatiotemporal Analysis in a Wet Drinking Country. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6, 380.

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