Half a million kroner for research on the accessibility of alcohol and tobacco
The researchers behind the project “Down on the Boardwalk” have been granted DKK 0.5 million from AU IDEAS for further research on whether there is a correlation between the accessibility of alcohol and tobacco in Denmark and the spread of these substances in the country.
AU IDEAS have given half a million Danish kroner to fund a new research project aiming to find out whether there is a correlation between the accessibility of alcohol and tobacco in Denmark and the spread of these substances throughout the country. Ahead of the distribution of the grants, AU IDEAS received 218 applications containing project ideas worth more than DKK 685 million. However, the total adjustable grant from AU IDEAS is of DKK 50 million, which was distributed to 32 select research projects, including the project “Down on the Boardwalk: The influence of the neighbourhood on alcohol and tobacco consumption,” which thus received half a million kroner.
Previous research shows that there is a positive correlation between the availability of alcohol and tobacco and the prevalence of these substances in the country. But most of this research has been conducted outside of Denmark.
Some of the factors that affect the accessibility are:
(1) the number of places in a given area, where they sell alcohol and tobacco (density), and
(2) the distance to these shops from people’s homes.
The research project aims to investigate these two factors through a unique blend of data derived from a recently completed general population survey about alcohol and drug abuse, which was carried out by the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, as well as registry data on companies that sell alcohol and tobacco (for instance, super markets, kiosks, specialised tobacco and alcohol retailers, gas station shops, bars and clubs).
In order to isolate the effect of the density of stores that sell tobacco and alcohol, and the distance to the respondents, the project will also take into account the socio-economic status of both individuals and of the general areas that the researchers intend to focus their research on. The researchers expect to find new information about how these accessibility factors affect Danes’ consumption of alcohol and tobacco, which in turn will contribute more specifically to public health policy development.
The new research project is funded by AU IDEAS.
Professor Kim Bloomfield
Aarhus University, School of Business and Social Sciences