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Sport fan attitudes on alcohol: Insights from a survey of football supporters in Scotland and England

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posted on 11.01.2022, 11:22 by Richard I Purves, Nathan Critchlow, Richard GiulianottiRichard Giulianotti, Kate Hunt, Stephen Morrow, Angus Bancroft
Availability of alcohol at football matches in the UK is much debated and subject to multiple restrictions, yet there is little understanding of supporters’ attitudes. A cross-sectional survey of football supporters in Scotland and England (n  =  1750) was conducted April–June 2019. Most supporters viewed drinking at matches as acceptable (74.4%) and thought alcohol should be available at grounds (76.0%); around two-fifths thought most supporters consumed alcohol before matches (44.1%); but only a quarter (26.6%) thought disorder at matches was due to alcohol. Attitudes varied by supporter characteristics: supporters who were younger, in England, or more regular match-goers were more favourable towards alcohol consumption and availability at matches. We conclude that alcohol regulations in some nations and sports – where restrictions are based on historical disorder – may no longer be appropriate.

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Understanding the role of alcohol consumption in football cultures (Alcohol FC).

Economic and Social Research Council

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Sport and Social Issues

Pages

019372352110671 - 019372352110671

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Sage under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Publication date

2021-12-23

ISSN

0193-7235

eISSN

1552-7638

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Richard Giulianotti. Deposit date: 7 January 2022