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Association of risky alcohol consumption and accreditation in the ‘Good Sports’ alcohol management programme
  1. Bosco Rowland1,2,
  2. Felicity Allen1,
  3. John W Toumbourou2,3
  1. 1School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Caulfield, Melbourne, Australia
  2. 2School of Psychology, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing Research, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Bosco Rowland, School of Psychology, Deakin University, 22 Burwood Highway, Victoria, Australia; bosco.rowland{at}


Background Involvement in community sports clubs is often associated with high levels of risky alcohol consumption; however, developing prevention-focused interventions in these settings can be complex. We examined the association of reduced risky alcohol consumption with the implementation of the Good Sports Programme (GSP)—a programme that accredits clubs in three stages, on the basis of their implementation of alcohol-related harm reduction strategies.

Methods Using a cross section of football and cricket clubs, consumption was compared between clubs accredited at level 1, 2 or 3 of the GSP and clubs not accredited (92 clubs; 1924 individuals). Drinking above Australian guidelines for short-term risk (more than four standard drinks) on the last playing day prior to the survey and drinking at the club over the last 12 months at average levels exceeding short- and long-term risk (more than two standard drinks) guidelines were also examined.

Results Multilevel modelling indicated that higher accreditation stage (0, 1, 2, 3) was associated with a 0.79 reduction in the odds of risky consumption on the playing day; a 0.85 reduction in the odds for short-term risky drinking, and a 0.86 reduction in long-term risky drinking.

Conclusions The findings suggest that higher accreditation in the GSP is associated with reduced rates of risky alcohol use at a population level.

  • Alcohol
  • multilevel modelling
  • prevention
  • adolescents CG
  • health behaviour
  • psychology

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  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval Monash University Standing Committee for ethical research into humans.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.