Do we know if physical environment interventions to reduce alcohol consumption work?

glass with red wine, tasting, restaurantWe carried out a systematic scoping review of studies investigating the effects of physical environment interventions on behaviours including alcohol consumption. Such interventions include changing the size of glasses in which alcohol is served or reducing the number of outlets selling alcohol.

Findings from our review suggest:

  • only 7.3% of 346 studies identified related to alcohol use, and that
  • physical environment interventions are largely under-explored in terms of how they might help reduce alcohol consumption.


Altering micro-environments to change population health behaviour: towards an evidence base for choice architecture interventions. Hollands, Shemilt, Marteau, Jebb, Kelly, Nakamura, Suhrcke & Ogilvie, 2013.

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