Alcohol consumption: monitoring, regulation and impact on public health

The latest issue of Public Health Research & Practice is out now, and focuses on new interventions for alcohol misuse, with a theme of ‘Alcohol consumption: monitoring, regulation and impact on public health’.

The guest editors for Issue 4 (2016) are Dr Jo Mitchell, Executive Director of the Centre for Population Health at NSW Health, and Associate Professor Adrian Dunlop, from the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle.

Themed articles in this issue include a literature review that finds a growing body of Australian and international evidence to support reducing trading hours for bars and hotels late at night to reduce violence. We also look at young people and alcohol – the proportion choosing not to drink is at a 20-year high thanks to a range of factors such as reductions in supply, and taxation. Other themed articles discuss low prescribing rates of alcohol dependence medications and how this limits the effective management of alcohol use disorders in Australia; the pervasive problem of drug and alcohol presentations in hospital emergency departments; a new telephone counselling service to help people reduce risky alcohol use; and whether information on genetic susceptibility to alcohol-related cancers can change drinking behaviour.

Our non-themed articles look at the impact of loose-fill asbestos in the ACT; a battle by the WA Cancer Council against unproven breast cancer screening services; and a new tool to assess chronic disease health risk in workplaces.

Public Health Research & Practice (PHRP) is Australia’s first online-only open access peer-reviewed public health journal, published by the Sax Institute with a strong focus on the connection between research, policy and practice.

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