Strategies for Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol and Other Drugs:

Community-based Primary Prevention Plan to Reduce High-Risk and Underage Alcohol Use (pdf/7pgs)

Reducing alcohol misuse

Comprehensive Strategies
Comprehensive health promotion strategies include multiple strategies that influence individual behavior change as well as policy and environmental change. They are designed to appeal to groups of people in a community, rather than working with individuals one-on-one. Therefore, comprehensive approaches to health promotion work on a community-wide level.

A balanced comprehensive community approach is designed to:

  • Develop conditions within a community that encourage and support healthy choices and lifestyles (e.g., promoting norms and public policies that support appropriate use)
  • Promote internal assets or traits and skills within individuals that allow them to make healthy choices (e.g., education, skills training, alternatives, peer support)
  • Provide treatment and relapse prevention for chemical dependency

Elements of a Comprehensive Approach
Alcohol advertising and promotion

  • Economic disincentives for alcohol use
  • Counter-marketing campaigns and initiatives
  • Comprehensive school-based prevention initiatives
  • Preventing availability of alcohol to underage youth
  • Assessment, evaluation and research
  • Treatment of alcohol addiction

Effective substance abuse prevention approaches

  • Policy
  • Enforcement
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Early Intervention
  • Alternatives

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Updated Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 12:22PM