Evidence for the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm.


There is a substantial evidence base on the effectiveness of different policies in reducing the harm done by alcohol. Policies that regulate the economic and physical availability of alcohol are effective in reducing alcohol-related harm. Enforced legislative measures to reduce drinking and driving and interventions individually directed to drinkers already at risk are also effective. The evidence shows that information and education programmes do not reduce alcohol-related harm; nevertheless, they have a role in providing information, reframing alcohol-related problems and increasing attention to alcohol on the political and public agendas. In all parts of the European Union, population-based interventions represent a highly cost–effective use of resources to reduce alcohol-related harm. Brief interventions for individual high-risk drinkers are also cost–effective, but are harder to scale up because of their associated training and manpower needs. (Author/publisher)


20210359 ST [electronic version only]

Copenhagen, WHO Regional Office for Europe, 2009, 125 p., 297 ref. - ISBN 978-92-890-4175-1

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