Alcohol evidence and policy

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7449.1202-b (Published 13 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1202
  1. Rod MacQueen, clinical director (rod.macqueen@mwahs.nsw.gov.au)
  1. Drug and Alcohol Service, Mid Western Area Health Service, Bloomfield Hospital, Orange, NSW 2800, Australia

    Harm reduction strategy is triumph of spin over substance

    EDITOR—Some years ago the Australian health ministers decided on a policy to reduce total alcohol related harm in their communities. One goal was to reduce the average per capita consumption of alcohol, the ministers having accepted that this was an evidence based approach. In 1990 Hawks wrote a most disturbing article on how …

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