Special Issue "Alcohol and Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2017).
Interests: alcohol; behavioural interventions; health inequalities; life course
Interests: alcohol interventions; implementation science; primary health care
Interests: alcohol policy; alcohol epidemiology; primary health care; public health
Alcohol is the sixth leading global risk-factor for morbidity and premature death. The adverse health, social, and economic effects of excessive alcohol consumption are experienced not only by individual drinkers, but also often by other people in their immediate environment. Whilst the health impacts of risky dinking are felt across societies, some vulnerable groups are particularly affected including: Younger people, mainly due to the increased risk of alcohol-related injuries; the children of heavy drinking parents who can experience family disruption, child abuse and neglect; socio-economically deprived, minority ethnic groups and/or marginalised people who may not have the resources to buffer the effects of alcohol; and older individuals who develop co-morbidities, including mental health problems, that can require changes to patterns of drinking built up over many years. This complex, multilevel health and social care challenge demands a complex multilevel prevention and treatment response: A need reflected in international policy guidelines, such as the World Health Organisation’s Global strategy to reduce harmful use of alcohol. Indeed, there is a large and robust evidence base to support a range of preventative strategies, from brief interventions to reduce problematic drinking, to pricing and taxation measures that help reduce overall consumption. However, much of this evidence is not put into practice and we wish to understand why. We would like to receive high quality primary research or reviews from around the world that reveal key evidence gaps covering under-researched groups or settings, under-specified intervention issues and key implementation challenges at both a practice and policy level. We also welcome work that highlights innovative approaches to reduce alcohol-related harms including community level actions, technological advancements and legislative levers to promote policy-level intervention.
Prof. Dr. Eileen Kaner
Dr Amy O'Donnell
Prof. Dr. Peter Anderson
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- Alcohol interventions
- Alcohol policy
- Social and contextual harm