Adjusting local alcohol consumption data for influence of tourists

Michael C. Branion-Calles, Trisalyn Nelson, Gina Martin

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Abstract

Globally, alcohol consumption has considerable public health, social, and economic costs. Per capita alcohol sales data are the most accurate means of quantifying consumption, but can overestimate local consumption in areas of high tourism. The goal of this research was to investigate a method for adjusting estimates of per capita alcohol consumption for tourist influence in 26 census divisions (CD) in British Columbia, Canada. Modifying estimates involved calculating temporally weighted annual tourist populations for each CD, enumerating the proportion of tourists to local populations, and using this proportion to derive local per capita consumption modified for tourist alcohol consumption. The adjustments for tourist influence decreased consumption estimates by approximately 2% provincially and between 1% and 16%, regionally. This research provides a foundational model for estimating temporally weighted regional tourist populations and applying them to adjust alcohol consumption estimates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Substance Use
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Mar 17 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Alcohol Drinking
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local population
Costs and Cost Analysis
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public health
Tourism
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Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • per capita consumption
  • tourists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)

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Adjusting local alcohol consumption data for influence of tourists. / Branion-Calles, Michael C.; Nelson, Trisalyn; Martin, Gina.

In: Journal of Substance Use, 17.03.2016, p. 1-9.

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