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Gilmore, William and Chikritzhs, Tanya and Stockwell, Tim and Jernigan, David and Naimi, Timothy and Gilmore, Ian (2016) Alcohol: taking a population perspective. Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology , 13 , (7) , pp. 426-434.

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Alcohol consumption is a global phenomenon, as is the resultant health, social and economic harm. The nature of these harms varies with different drinking patterns and with the societal and political responses to the burden of harm; nevertheless, alcohol-related chronic diseases have a major effect on health. Strong evidence exists for the effectiveness of different strategies to minimize this damage and those policies that target price, availability and marketing of alcohol come out best, whereas those using education and information are much less effective. However, these policies can be portrayed as anti-libertarian and so viewing them in the context of alcohol-related harm to those other than the drinker, such as the most vulnerable in society, is important. When this strategy is successful, as in Scotland, it has been possible to pass strong and effective legislation, such as for a minimum unit price for alcohol.


Item Type:Article
Date:2016
Page Range:pp. 426-434
Volume:13
Number:7
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use
N Communication, information and education > Education by subject
VA Geographic area > International aspects

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