Journal Article

Booze and beach bans: turning the tide through community action in New Zealand

Kim Conway

in Health Promotion International

Volume 17, issue 2, pages 171-177
Published in print June 2002 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online June 2002 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI:
Booze and beach bans: turning the tide through community action in New Zealand

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Many beach and holiday resorts experience major problems with alcohol-related public disorder. Following an escalation in alcohol-related incidents in the New Zealand beach community of Piha, a community-driven response to address issues of community well-being and safety was initiated by concerned residents. A case study evaluation reported on the development of a community coalition involving community and statutory stakeholders and the successful implementation of local community action strategies. These included a beach alcohol ban, extensive local publicity and a community policing presence over successive summers. An examination of the case study suggests that inter-sectoral collaboration, and multiple level strategies through policy, promotion and enforcement activities are key factors in enabling communities to successfully reduce alcohol-related harm.

Keywords: alcohol management strategies; alcohol-related harm/incidents; community collaboration and action; policing public alcohol; public disorder

Journal Article.  4548 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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