Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Sale of Alcohol in Pharmacies: Results and Implications of an Empirical Study. (Health)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Sale of Alcohol in Pharmacies: Results and Implications of an Empirical Study. (Health)

Article excerpt

Alcohol misuse continues to be a major concern in the health care community. Within this community, pharmacists are ideally positioned to play a major role in preventive efforts in dealing with alcohol misuse. The objective of the study was to follow-up on important findings from a 1996 statewide survey of Indiana pharmacists regarding their opinions and practices related to the sale of alcohol in pharmacies. Of the 1280 registered Indiana pharmacies, one half were chosen using a systematic random selection process. From the 640 pharmacies contacted, 476 pharmacists responded completely to the questionnaire, providing a 74.4% response rate. Findings reveal that independent pharmacies had significantly reduced their sale of alcohol since 1996 while there was no significant change among retail chain pharmacies. Pharmacies that generated a greater share of their business from prescription drugs were less likely to sell alcohol products. Compared to five years ago, significantly more pharmacists in 2001 believed that pharmacies should not sell alcohol. In addition, more than half of pharmacists who worked in pharmacies that sold alcohol felt it differed from their professional values. Twenty-three percent of pharmacists reported inquiring about their patients' alcohol habits, a significant increase over 1996. …

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