Alcohol (Overview): What works?

  • A combination of interventions is needed to reduce alcohol-related harm (e.g. minimum pricing, availability14).
  • Population based public health approaches are favoured as a means of prevention15.
  • Making it less easy to buy alcohol, by reducing the number of outlets selling it in a given area and the day and hours when it can be sold, is an effective way of reducing alcohol-related harm16.
  • Social marketing can be effective in tackling the misuse of substance such as alcohol, working with a range of target groups, in different settings17.
  • School-based smoking and alcohol use prevention programmes successfully increased knowledge regarding the risks of alcohol behaviour18.
  • Family is a key influence on children and young people’s behaviour and that parental supervision and parental drinking in front of children are key factors that influence a child or young person’s knowledge, attitude and behaviour in relation to alcohol19.
  • Screening, brief interventions for both young people and adults, and effective referral systems should be employed20.
  • Alcohol consumption can be reduced at one year follow-up for heavy alcohol users who receive brief interventions as in-patients, and that this reduction resulted in the individual consuming significantly less alcohol per week21.

 

 

References

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  2. Prof Room, R., Babor, T., Rehm, J. Alcohol and Public Health, June 2011
  3. Alcohol-use disorders - preventing harmful drinking (PH24), June 2010 (accessed September 2010)
  4. Brief interventions for heavy alcohol users admitted to general hospital wards., McQueen et al., 2009.
  5. Gordon, R., McDermott, L., Stead, M., Angus, K The Effectiveness of Social Marketing interventions for health improvement: What’s the evidence?June 201, Volume 120, Issue 12, Pages 1133-1139, December 2006
  6. The influence of family and friends on young people’s drinking, January 2011, Joseph Rowntree Foundatio
  7. Alcohol-use disorders - preventing harmful drinking (PH24), June 2010 (accessed September 2010)
  8. Brief interventions for heavy alcohol users admitted to general hospital wards., McQueen et al., 2009.

 

 

 

 

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