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People more likely to opt non-alcoholic drinks when they are more in availability: Study

ANI | Updated: May 06, 2020 18:41 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], May 6 (ANI): People are likely to choose a non-alcoholic drink when the availability and variety of them is more than alcoholic drinks.
However, a new study revealed that people are more likely to opt for non-alcoholic drinks if the availability of them is more in numbers than alcoholic drinks.
The results from the team of researchers at the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre and the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge, UK were published in the journal of BMC Public Health.
According to the study, the participants were 48 percent more likely to choose a non-alcoholic drink when the proportion of non-alcoholic drink options increased.
Dr Anna Blackwell, the corresponding author said: "Alcohol consumption is among the top five risk factors for disease globally. Previous research has shown that increasing the availability of healthier food options can increase their selection and consumption relative to less healthy food."
"To our knowledge, this is the first study to demonstrate that increasing the availability of non-alcoholic drinks, relative to alcoholic drinks in an online scenario, can increase their selection," Blackwell added.
Participants in the study completed an online task in which they were presented with a selection of alcoholic beer, non-alcoholic beer, and soft drinks. The drink selections included four alcoholic and four non-alcoholic drinks, six alcoholics and two non-alcoholic drinks or two alcoholic and six non-alcoholic drinks.

808 UK residents with an average age of 38 years who regularly consumed alcohol participated in the study.
When presented with mostly non-alcoholic drinks, 49 per cent of participants selected a non-alcoholic drink, compared to 26 per cent of participants who selected a non-alcoholic drink when presented with most alcoholic drinks.
These results were consistent regardless of the time participants had to make their decision, indicating that the findings were not dependent on the amount of time and attention participants were able to devote to their drink choice.
The findings suggest that interventions to encourage healthier food and drink choices may be most effective when changing the relative availability of healthier and less-healthy options.
Anna Blackwell said: "Many licensed venues already offer several non-alcoholic options but these are often stored out of direct sight, for example in low-level fridges behind the bar. Our results indicate that making these non-alcoholic products more visible to customers may influence them to make healthier choices. "
"The market for alcohol-free beer, wine and spirit alternatives is small but growing and improving the selection and promotion of non-alcoholic drinks in this way could provide an opportunity for licensed venues to reduce alcohol consumption without losing revenue," Blackwell added.
The authors caution that as the study measured hypothetical drink selection online, results may differ in real-world settings. (ANI)