What works to prevent harm from alcohol
Harm from alcohol is preventable. A broad approach is needed to have the greatest impact on alcohol-related harm – there is no single magic bullet that will fix everything.
The evidence for what will work to prevent harm from alcohol is already available. Expert health groups recommend:
- Reducing young people’s exposure to all forms of alcohol advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
- Changing the way alcohol is taxed so that all alcohol products are taxed by their alcohol content and ensuring alcohol cannot be sold at ridiculously cheap prices.
- Making alcohol less available by reducing young people’s access to alcohol and putting appropriate restrictions on when and where alcohol can be sold.
- Alcohol and other drug education in all schools.
- Long-term public education campaigns to build awareness of the risks of harmful alcohol use and the expert guidelines for low-risk drinking.
- Health information and warning labels on alcohol products to raise awareness of alcohol-related harms.
Community support for action on alcohol is strong and many in the community are concerned about alcohol and young people.
Download the expert recommendations of the National Preventative Health Taskforce, the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol, the Australian Medical Association, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Public Health Association of Australia, and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.