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Prevention approaches to reduce alcohol-related harm 

Prevention approaches to reduce alcohol-related harm
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Prevention approaches to reduce alcohol-related harm
Author(s):

William Gilmore

, Katherine Brown

, and Ian Gilmore

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198792994.003.0035
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date: 24 September 2021

The health, social, and economic effects of alcohol use are experienced by drinkers, families, communities, and society at large. Alcohol use is inextricably linked to a range of mental health problems. It may be the primary problem or part of the co-morbidities that accompany so much mental illness. Alcohol use is also associated with many other health conditions, including liver disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer, and is strongly linked to violence, accidents, self-harm, suicide, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. This chapter outlines both primary and secondary prevention approaches to reduce alcohol-related harm that are evidence-based. Primary prevention approaches include regulating alcohol affordability, availability, and promotion, and providing information and education. Secondary prevention approaches include early identification and brief advice.

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