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Accid Anal Prev. 2008 Mar;40(2):496-501. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2007.08.004. Epub 2007 Aug 31.

Alcohol consumption among recreational boaters: factors for intervention.

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  • 1School of Population Health, M431 University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia.


Recreational boating is a popular leisure time activity in many countries. It is estimated that, in Australia, boating incidents cause more harm than rail and air crashes combined and, in terms of transport, are second only to motor vehicle crashes as a cause of serious injury. The consumption of alcohol among recreational boaters is considered an important risk factor for fatalities and injuries among both operators and passengers. Using a database of all recreational vessels registered in Western Australia (WA), a sample of 500 adult boaters was recruited to participate in a telephone survey. The effects of demographic variables and boating characteristics upon the use of alcohol among recreational boaters on their last trip were explored using logistic regression. The odds of not having a drink were associated, after adjusting for age, with having completed a boating education course and with carrying children less than 12 years on board. The use of alcohol was not found to be prevalent among WA recreational boat owners. Based on these findings, it is recommended that efforts to decrease boating-related incidents, such as through education and legislation measures, be monitored over time to determine the effects of these strategies upon safety behaviours.

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