Drinking guidelines are essential in combating alcohol-related harm: Comments on the new Australian and Canadian guidelines

Heather, Nick (2012) Drinking guidelines are essential in combating alcohol-related harm: Comments on the new Australian and Canadian guidelines. Drug and Alcohol Review, 31 (2). pp. 153-155. ISSN 0959-5236

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-3362.2011.00397.x

Abstract

The projects summarised by Room and Rehm and Stockwell et al. are important additions to the evidence base underpinning low-risk drinking guidelines for the general public and to thinking about how such guidelines should be developed, formulated and presented. In this commentary, I will firstly consider the use of guidelines in general terms and defend the proposition that they serve an essential purpose in the attempt to reduce alcohol-related harm. I will then discuss a more specific issue to do with the communication of advice on drinking—how many kinds of recommendation are needed? By coincidence, this special issue of the Drug and Alcohol Review will be published shortly after a consultation by the House of Commons Select Committee for Science and Technology on issues related to drinking guidelines for the UK. At the time of writing, the results of the consultation are unknown, but this commentary provides an opportunity to discuss the relevance of the new Australian and Canadian guidelines to the UK situation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 15:04
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2016 11:52
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/10640

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