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[Drug and Alcohol Findings] (2016) Intense licensing policies help to curb alcohol-related harm. Drug and Alcohol Findings Bulletin (29 August 2016)

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For the first time, a study in England has shown that the more strongly a local government area regulates the licensing of alcohol outlets, the greater the reduction in alcohol-related harm within the population, as reflected in the number of hospital admissions.

Key points from summary and commentary:
• Local authorities can seek to mitigate the negative impact of alcohol on public health through alcohol licensing policy.
• The current study evaluated whether the intensity with which local areas enforced licensing, including whether or not they used cumulative impact zones, had an impact on alcohol-related hospital admissions.
• During the period 2009–2015 greater reductions in alcohol-related admissions were observed in areas with more intense alcohol licensing policies, suggesting these policies really can help curb alcohol-related harm.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Drug and Alcohol Findings
Date:August 2016
Number:29 August 2016
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Alcohol
L Social psychology and related concepts > Physical context or place > Alcohol beverage sales outlet
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Demand reduction policy
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic policy
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Economic aspects of substance use (cost / pricing)
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > England

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