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Low-alcohol beverages are becoming increasingly popular and more accepted in Australia. However, the extent to which these products are accessible in licensed venues remains unknown.
This study explored the availability, visibility, advertising and promotion of low-alcohol products at licensed venues, through an audit of licensed venues in four entertainment locations in the popular tourist destination of the Gold Coast, Queensland.
The researchers audited 32 venues, and found that low-alcohol drinks were available in approximately half the venues; however, the visibility and promotion of these products were poor.
They suggest there is capacity to improve access to and promote lower alcohol alternatives within licensed venues.