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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Voluntary alcohol restrictions lead to big drop in assaults and hospital admissions

Alcohol restrictions requested by the local Norseman Aboriginal community and supported by the whole community have resulted in significant harm reduction: the evaluation of the Norseman Voluntary Liquor Agreement found a 60% decrease in alcohol-related hospital admissions; a 17% reduction in assaults; a 10% reduction in police tasks; and a 10% decrease in per capita alcohol consumption. NDRI researcher Andreia Schineanu, said the report demonstrates the significance of community initiated and community supported restrictions in effective harm minimisation.

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Last updated: 20 July 2010
 
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