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J R Soc Med. 1993 June; 86(6): 319–323.
PMCID: PMC1294479

The development of alcohol strategies in England and Wales.


Alcohol has become a major public health problem in the UK. In order to coordinate the work of both statutory and non-statutory agencies more efficiently and effectively, a government circular HN(89)4 has emphasized the need for development of local multi-agency alcohol misuse prevention strategies. Despite expressed enthusiasm for alcohol strategies, information about their development, effectiveness and overall national progress is scarce and needs to be improved. This national survey reports the most recent and accurate information about the development of district and regional alcohol strategies in England and Wales. Although only 51 (27%) districts stated they had a strategy, it was encouraging to find 90 (47%) other districts that were in the process of, or planning to develop such a document. Of the 51 districts with a strategy, the following key findings were noted: (1) Forty-three (84%) districts stated that they had started to implement their strategy, but none claimed to have fully implemented it. (2) Thirty-six (71%) districts stated that their strategy had an action plan. (3) Thirty-four (67%) districts stated that their strategy had been officially endorsed by the district health authority. (4) Thirty-eight (76%) districts stated that they had identified an individual or group to monitor the strategies' implementation. The results of the survey could be of interest to the Department of Health, the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, the Health Education Authority and the regional alcohol coordinators.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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