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Thomas F. Babor, Raul Caetano, Sally Casswell, Griffith Edwards, Norman Giesbrecht, Kathryn Graham, Joel W. Grube, Linda Hill, Harold Holder, Ross Homel, Michael Livingston, Esa Österberg, Jürgen Rehm, Robin Room, and Ingeborg Rossow

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199551149

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551149.001.0001

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Alcohol policies: a consumer’s guide

Alcohol policies: a consumer’s guide

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(p.239) Chapter 16 Alcohol policies: a consumer’s guide
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Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity
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Thomas Babor

Harold Holder

Raul Caetano

Ross Homel

Sally Casswell

Michael Livingston

Griffith Edwards

Esa Österberg

Norman Giesbrecht

Jürgen Rehm

Kathryn Graham

Robin Room

Joel Grube

Ingeborg Rossow

Linda Hill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551149.003.016

The preceding chapters have provided detailed reviews of the relevant science base for a comprehensive consideration of how alcohol policy can better serve the public good. This concluding chapter now tries to make explicit the connection between the research and the practical needs of the policymaker who wants to implement evidence-based responses to the problems within society caused or exacerbated by alcohol. The intention is to make science useful at the real-world front lines of policy. The difference between good and bad alcohol policy is not an abstraction, but very often a matter of life and death. Research has the capacity to indicate which strategies are likely to succeed in public health intentions, and which are likely to be less effective or even useless, diversionary, or a waste of resources. The evidence supporting the various strategies and interventions reviewed in earlier parts of the book is summarized.

Keywords:   alcohol policy, public health, policymaking, intervention programmes

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