Alcohol policy and the young adult : establishing priorities, building partnerships, overcoming barriers : The risks of drinking among young adults : Key output from a conference.
International Alcohol Policy Conference. Toronto, CAN, 1996/05/04.
Young adults (defined here as those 18-29 years of age) in the United States and Canada constitute a demographic group most likely to suffer serious alcohol problems, yet the alcohol policy field has made little effort to develop prevention strategies that respond specifically to their circumstances and needs.
This paper briefly reviews relevant research, analyzes prevention policy priorities, presents the barriers to implementation and outlines strategies for overcoming them.
Its main conclusions are :
(1) Strategies to reduce alcohol availability and increase alcohol prices will significantly reduce alcohol problems among young adults. (2) A high priority should be given to harm reduction strategies and strategies that target the physical environments where young adults are likely to congregate. (3) The alcohol industries and the industries'allies will vigorously oppose these policy reforms, and their resistance constitutes a formidable barrier to implementation. (4) Resistance from other community institutions, which may benefit from the status quo, is an additional barrier that must be addressed. (5) There is a tendency to compromise with the alcohol industries and others and substitute individual-based prevention strategies for public policy reforms.
Individual-based strategies complement public policy reforms but should not replace them. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Politique sanitaire, Prévention, Alcoolisme, Santé mentale, Canada, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Etats Unis, Adulte jeune, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health policy, Prevention, Alcoholism, Mental health, Canada, North America, America, United States, Young adult, Human
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