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Strategies and interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm

Thomas Babor, Harold Holder, Raul Caetano, Ross Homel, Sally Casswell, Michael Livingston, Griffith Edwards, Esa Österberg, Norman Giesbrecht, Jürgen Rehm, Kathryn Graham, Robin Room, Joel Grube, Ingeborg Rossow and Linda Hill

in Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity

Second edition

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199551149
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720642 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551149.003.007
Strategies and interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm

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This chapter sets the stage for the chapters to follow by describing how research is conducted to evaluate the effects of specific alcohol policies, and to assess the impact of prevention strategies (e.g., alcohol education in schools) and other interventions (e.g., screening and brief counselling for high-risk drinkers) that precede formal alcohol policies. In some cases policies persist despite evidence that the strategy is flawed, and the outcome with regard to reducing alcohol-related problems is thus inconsequential. To understand why policies succeed or fail to accomplish their aims, the field of alcohol policy analysis has begun to consider the mechanisms that relate policies to outcomes, as demonstrated by the research discussed in this chapter.

Keywords: alcohol policies; alcohol consumption; prevention programmes; intervention programmes

Chapter.  2464 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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