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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

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

Date posted: 12 July 2010

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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