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Edwards, Griffith and Anderson, Peter and Babor, Thomas and Casswell, Sally and Ferrence, Roberta and Giesbrecht, Norman and Godfrey, Christine and Holder, Harold D and Lemmens, Paul and Makela, Klaus and Midanik, Lorraine T and Norstrom, Thor and Osterberg, Esa and Romelsjo, Anders and Room, Robin and Simpura, Jussi and Skog, Ole-Jorgen (1994) Alcohol policy and the public good. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Written by seventeen of the world's leading researchers on alcohol problems, and produced in collaboration with WHO, this book presents a critical and highly informed perspective on alcoholism and its management. It provides an appraisal of the nature and extent of society's alcohol problems and then explores how scientific findings assist in the design of more effective policy responses.

Topics covered include international trends in alcohol consumption, understanding the relationships between alcohol consumption and multiple types of harm, both as regards individual drinking and population consumption. With the epidemiological evidence established, the text turns to a view of the efficacy of different types of prevention strategy, including pricing, licensing and control of access, drunk driving counter-measures, public education, and the treatment contribution. A final chapter succinctly outlines how these analyses are to assist in the making of informed policy choices.


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