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Public awareness of the link between alcohol and cancer in England in 2015: a population-based survey

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Public Health, November 2016
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2 news outlets
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1 blog
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1 policy source
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84 tweeters
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Title
Public awareness of the link between alcohol and cancer in England in 2015: a population-based survey
Published in
BMC Public Health, November 2016
DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3855-6
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Authors

Penny Buykx, Jessica Li, Lucy Gavens, Lucie Hooper, Melanie Lovatt, Elena Gomes de Matos, Petra Meier, John Holmes

Abstract

Public knowledge of the association between alcohol and cancer is reported to be low. We aimed to provide up-to-date evidence for England regarding awareness of the link between alcohol and different cancers and to determine whether awareness differs by demographic characteristics, alcohol use, and geographic region. A representative sample of 2100 adults completed an online survey in July 2015. Respondents were asked to identify which health outcomes, including specific cancers, may be caused by alcohol consumption. Logistic regressions explored whether demographic, alcohol use, and geographic characteristics predicted correctly identifying alcohol-related cancer risk. Unprompted, 12.9% of respondents identified cancer as a potential health outcome of alcohol consumption. This rose to 47% when prompted (compared to 95% for liver disease and 73% for heart disease). Knowledge of the link between alcohol and specific cancers varied between 18% (breast) and 80% (liver). Respondents identified the following cancers as alcohol-related where no such evidence exists: bladder (54%), brain (32%), ovarian (17%). Significant predictors of awareness of the link between alcohol and cancer were being female, more highly educated, and living in North-East England. There is generally low awareness of the relationship between alcohol consumption and cancer, particularly breast cancer. Greater awareness of the relationship between alcohol and breast cancer in North-East England, where a mass media campaign highlighted this relationship, suggests that population awareness can be influenced by social marketing.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Australia 1 <1%
Unknown 103 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Lecturer 19 18%
Student > Master 15 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 9%
Researcher 9 9%
Student > Bachelor 8 8%
Other 14 13%
Unknown 30 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 29 28%
Medicine and Dentistry 13 13%
Psychology 10 10%
Social Sciences 4 4%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 4%
Other 10 10%
Unknown 34 33%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 83. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 13 July 2021.
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#337,207
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