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Social Research Group presents at ACSPRI 2014 Conference

 drunkThe Australian Consortium of Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI) hosted a conference in December, 2014 at The University of Sydney.  The goal of the conference is to provide a forum on current and emerging issues in social science methodology nationally and internationally. This was the 4th ACSPRI hosted methods conference.   Dr Nina Van Dyke, Director of the Social Research Group presented the following paper.


Development and Initial Testing of Measures of Acceptability of Intoxication using a Mixed Methods Approach


VicHealth, as part of a Victorian Government initiative to reduce the alcohol and drug toll in Victoria, wanted to develop a measure of acceptability of intoxication in order to track the alcohol culture in Victoria. In order to do so, one must determine how to ask about intoxication. Most prior research either provides a definition of intoxication (e.g. 5 standard drinks on a single occasion; more than 2 standard drinks an hour), or else assumes that the term, ‘intoxication’ or ‘drunk’ is universally understood to mean a particular level of intoxication. However, both limited research and anecdotal evidence suggests that most people do not think about intoxication in these terms.

This paper discussed the development and initial testing of measures of acceptability of intoxication using a mixed methods approach.

For more information contact Dr Nina Van Dyke at nvandyke@marketsolutions.com.au or phone (03) 8330 6014

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