National Drug Strategy
National Drug Strategy

The avoidable costs of alcohol abuse in Australia and the potential benefits of effective policies to reduce the social costs of alcohol

9.1 Policy effectiveness

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It is clear that future studies of avoidable costs should concentrate on policies which the literature has shown to be effective in countering alcohol abuse. There have been several extremely useful recent reviews of alcohol policy effectiveness (Babor et al., 2003; Loxley et al., 2004; Anderson & Baumberg, 2006; British Medical Association, 2008). New research studies are constantly appearing and there is a need for regular reviews of the recent literature (on the lines of, for example, Loxley et al., 2004), as an aid to alcohol policy design.

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