Alcohol in Australia: issues and strategies: a background paper to the National alcohol strategy: a plan for action 2001 to 2003/04


This paper provides detailed information to support the key strategy areas identified in the ‘National Alcohol Strategy 2001 to 2003-04’, and provides a resource document for those interested in developing strategies to reduce the negative consequences of alcohol consumption in Australia. The paper sets out information on the patterns of alcohol use in Australia, its social and economic impact, associated harms and potential benefits, as well as providing an overview of alcohol and drug strategies implemented in Australia since the mid 1980s and a comparative analysis of alcohol policy in other OECD countries. The paper then discusses key strategy areas important in reducing alcohol related harm, and provides an in depth analysis of issues relating to the evaluation and monitoring of interventions to reduce alcohol related harm in Australia.

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÷ Commonwealth of Australia 2001 ISBN 0 642 50324 9 This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the Commonwealth available from Information Services. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to the Manager, Copyright Services, Information Services, GPO Box 1920, Canberra ACT 2601 or by e-mail The National Alcohol Strategy and its companion document ?Alcohol in Australia: Issues and Strategies? were endorsed by the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy in July 2001. The documents were prepared for the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs by members of the National Expert Advisory Committee on Alcohol (NEACA) with assistance from the NEACA project officer and secretariat. The Australian National Council on Drugs and a broad range of key stakeholders also contributed to the drafting of the documents. Publication approval number: 2929 Public Affairs, Parliamentary and Access Branch Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care