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The Alcohol Action in Rural Communities Project (AARC) was a research project designed to evaluate the effectiveness of community based action in reducing alcohol-related harm. A range of strategies were employed in ten communities across rural New South Wales. Thirteen individually tailored, community-action strategies were implemented systematically over five years.
The combined effect of these strategies was assessed against ten control communities using a randomised controlled trial design and a cost-benefit analysis as part of the evaluation method. A report on the results of the project was published in November 2012.
The AARC project was a partnership between local communities, government agencies, and the universities of New South Wales and Newcastle with funding provided by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.
Abstract adapted from Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education
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This report presents the findings from the Alcohol action in rural communities project (AARC) conducted in 2005 - 2012. It evaluated the effectiveness of community action approaches to reducing risky alcohol consumption and related-harms in 10 communities across rural New South Wales, using 13 tailored strategies implemented over 5 years.
The project demonstrated that the benefits of implementing community action outweigh the associated costs of such action. Findings included:
The AARC project was a partnership between local communities, local government, government agencies, the Universities of New South Wales and Newcastle, and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), with funding provided by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).
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