Alcohol policy reform in Australia: What can we learn from the evidence?

Doran, CM, Hall, WD, Shakeshaft, AP, Vos, T and Cobiac, LJ (2010) Alcohol policy reform in Australia: What can we learn from the evidence?. Medical Journal of Australia, 192 8: 468-470.

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Author Doran, CM
Hall, WD
Shakeshaft, AP
Vos, T
Cobiac, LJ
Title Alcohol policy reform in Australia: What can we learn from the evidence?
Journal name Medical Journal of Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-729X
Publication date 2010-04-19
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 192
Issue 8
Start page 468
End page 470
Total pages 3
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing
Language eng
Subject C1
11 Medical and Health Sciences
Abstract • Alcohol consumption is a major risk factor contributing to the burden of disease in Australia. • The National Preventative Health Taskforce recommends the long-term goal of reshaping Australia's drinking culture to produce healthier and safer outcomes. • A study of the cost-effectiveness of interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm in Australia suggests that policymakers could achieve over 10 times the health gain if they reallocated the current level of investment. • The optimal package of interventions identified in the study comprises, in order of cost-effectiveness, volumetric taxation, advertising bans, an increase in the minimum legal drinking age to 21 years, brief intervention by primary care practitioners, licensing controls, a drink-driving mass media campaign, and random breath testing. • Australia has a window of opportunity to significantly expand activities to reduce alcohol-related harm. It is important that federal and state governments take this opportunity to reform alcohol policy in Australia. © Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.
Keyword Cost-effectiveness
Global burden
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published under For Debate.

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