Alcohol harm reduction in Europe.

Herring, Rachel and Thom, Betsy and Beccaria, Franca and Kolind, Torsten and Moskalewicz, Jacek (2010) Alcohol harm reduction in Europe. In: Harm reduction: evidence, impacts and challenges. Rhodes, Tim and Hedrich, Dagmar, eds. EMCDDA Monograph (10). European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Lisbon, Spain, pp. 275-301. ISBN 9789291684199

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of harm reduction approaches to alcohol in Europe. First, definitions ascribed to alcohol harm reduction are outlined. Then, evaluated alcohol harm reduction interventions in European countries are described and the evidence for their effectiveness examined. These include multi-component programmes, improvements to the drinking environment, and initiatives to reduce the harms associated with drink-driving. Third, harm reduction activities that have been recorded and described but not yet evaluated are briefly outlined. These include ‘grassroots’ initiatives and more formal local initiatives. To conclude, the chapter raises questions about how alcohol harm reduction is defined and put into practice, the evidence-base that is available for policymakers, and how information is shared. It highlights the need to develop systems to facilitate knowledge transfer on alcohol harm reduction between researchers, policymakers and practitioners in Europe but stresses the importance of respecting local and cultural diversity in the development and implementation of harm reduction initiatives.

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Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
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