PREVENTING ALCOHOL-RELATED PROBLEMS: PUBLIC POLICY STRATEGIES

Traditionally, drinking prevention, especially for youth, has relied largely on educational and persuasive approaches. Such approaches focus on changing knowledge and beliefs, teaching new skills, or modifying other individual-level mediating factors. Educational and persuasive approaches, however, cannot provide a complete answer to the problem of drinking by young people. In part, this limitation arises because people are immersed in a broader social context in which alcohol is readily available and glamorized (Mauss et al., 1988). In contrast, policy approaches address (a) formal legal and regulatory mechanisms, rules, and procedures for reducing the consumption of alcohol or risky drinking behaviors and (b) enforcement of these measures (Grube and Nygaard, 2001; Toomey and Wagenaar, 1999). Policy approaches to prevention have considerable promise for addressing the problems associated with drinking by changing the legal and social environment. In particular, policy strategies can be used to reduce alcohol availability, directly deter drinking by increasing the personal costs associated with it, and communicate norms regarding acceptable and unacceptable drinking practices.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 93-118
  • Monograph Title: IMPLEMENTING IMPAIRED DRIVING COUNTERMEASURES: PUTTING RESEARCH INTO ACTION, A SYMPOSIUM, AUGUST 21-23, 2003, IRVINE, CALIFORNIA
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  • Accession Number: 00987741
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 22 2005 12:00AM