HIA and the National Alcohol Strategy for England
The Strategy Unit within the Cabinet Office was asked to develop a national alcohol harm reduction strategy ready for implementation in 2004. The first step was a consultation process undertaken in autumn 2002. They published a consultation document, which asked a wide-ranging set of questions about alcohol consumption, mechanisms of harm, and possible interventions and invited responses from all with an interest. The consultation was completed early in 2003. However, no formal health impact assessment (HIA) was undertaken. This chapter considers why no formal HIA was undertaken, explores the assessment elements that did take place, and reviews what an HIA might have added to the process.
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