ALCOHOL ACTION IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

December 14, 2012

ALCOHOL ACTION IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

The Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) have published a report titled "The Alcohol Action in Rural Communities Project: Working with communities to select, implement and measure the impact of strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm".  The report provides a cost-benefit analysis of community-action approaches to reduce risky alcohol use.  It considers 10 communities where strategies were implemented, and compares them with 10 control communities, considering factors such as alcohol related crime, alcohol related motor vehicle accidents and alcohol related hospitalisations.  The report found that similar communities experienced significantly different patterns of risky drinking and harms - indicating a need to tailor approaches for specific regions.  The report went on to find that there were benefits in the experimental communities, indicating that for every $1 invested, the value of benefits returned to communities was estimated to be between $1.37 and $1.75.

Download "The Alcohol Action in Rural Communities Project" (2.5MB PDF)