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Holder, Harold D (2002) The role and effectiveness of alcohol policy at the local level: international experiences. In: Debating Public Policies on Drugs and Alcohol, 26 September 2002, Trinity College, Dublin.

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This paper outlines several case studies where community program-based efforts have been used to prevent or reduce alcohol problems. These include a programme in Rhode Island, USA, where three communities were selected for a survey. Two of the towns served as controls, with the third selected for intervention. Among the interventions was a training program for alcohol servers, which included enhanced enforcement of liquor laws and DWI laws. Outcomes were positive, with an a 27% increase in alcohol-related assault arrests, and a reduction in emergency room visits; a 9% reduction was seen for injury, 21% for assault and a 10% reduction for motor vehicle crashes. No such reduction was witnessed in the control communities. Several other case studies are included from around the world, where local communities have used a range of scientific methods to actively reduce harm to the community. The case studies reviewed listed show the potential for theory-driven community action to reduce local alcohol problems.


Item Type
Conference or Workshop Item
Publication Type
Irish-related, Other
Drug Type
Alcohol
Intervention Type
Policy
Date
2002
Page Range
14p.
Event Title
Debating Public Policies on Drugs and Alcohol
Event Location
Trinity College, Dublin
Event Dates
26 September 2002
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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