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The demand for intensity versus frequency of alcohol consumption

The demand for intensity versus frequency of alcohol consumption: evidence from rural Australia

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  • Dennis Petrie
  • Christopher Doran
  • Anthony Shakeshaft
  • Rob Sanson-Fisher

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDundee
PublisherUniversity of Dundee
Number of pages22
StatePublished - Jan 2009

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NameDundee Discussion Papers in Economics
PublisherUniversity of Dundee
ISSN (Print)1473-236X


This paper develops a theoretical model for the demand of alcohol where intensity and frequency of consumption are separate choices made by individuals in order to maximize their utility. While distinguishing between intensity and frequency of consumption may be unimportant for many goods, this is clearly not the case with alcohol where the likelihood of harm depends not only on the total consumed but also on the pattern of use. The results from the theoretical model are applied to data from rural Australia in order to investigate the factors that affect the patterns of alcohol use for this population group. This research can play an important role in informing policies by identifying those factors which influence preferences for patterns of risky alcohol use and those groups and communities who are most at risk of harm.

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