The Changing Trends in Alcohol Coverage in Australian Newspapers 2000–2011

A study of alcohol coverage in Australian daily metropolitan newspapers over a ten-year period has found that between 2000 and 2011:

  • News stories around alcohol consumption have more than doubled
  • The three most common themes are promotion (21%), drink driving (16%) and restrictions/policy (16%)
  • In the past 5 years, promotion stories have lessened and stories on restrictions have increased
  • Health advocates and politicians are increasingly being used as spokespeople instead of/as well as industry representatives.

Azar D, White V, Bland S, Livingston M, Room R, Chikritzhs T, Durkin S, Gilmore W & Wakefield M 2014 “’Something’s brewing’: the changing trends in alcohol coverage in Australian newspapers 2000-2011”, Alcohol and Alcoholism 49:3, pp. 336-342

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