Impact of alcohol harm reduction strategies in community sports clubs: pilot evaluation of the good sports program

Bosco Rowland, Felicity Allen, John Toumbourou

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Approximately 4.5 million Australians are involved in community sports clubs. A high level of alcohol consumption tends to be commonplace in this setting. The only program of its type in the world, the Good Sports program was designed to reduce harmful alcohol consumption in these Australian community sports clubs. The program offers a staged accreditation process to encourage the implementation of alcohol harm-reduction strategies. Method: We conducted a postintervention adoption study to evaluate whether community sports club accreditation through the Good Sports program was associated with lower rates of alcohol consumption. We examined alcohol consumption rates in 113 clubs (N = 1,968 participants) and compared these to consumption rates in the general community. We hypothesized that members of clubs with more advanced implementation of the Good Sports accreditation program (Stage Two) would consume less alcohol than those with less advanced implementation (Stage One)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323 - 333
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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