Alcohol Control and Public Health

Alcohol Control and Public Health Robin Room Alcohol Research Group, Institute of Epidemiology and Behavioral Medicine, Medical Research Institute of San Francisco, 1816 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, California 94709 ALCOHOL CONTROL AND THE FIELD OF PUBLIC HEALTH Fifteen years ago, the American Public Health Association published a Guide to Community Control ofAlcoholism (19). The guide is a faithful reflection of received wisdom on the topic at the time. While it begins with a general discussion of "beverage alcohol use in American society," in terms of public health action its single-minded emphasis is on setting up a publicly supported institutional system and capacity for the treatment of alcoholism. In the course of a two-page discussion on the "prevention of alcoholism," there is a brief and arms-length mention of "laws and regulations" as an element on the landscape that the health planner must "take . . . into account." The guide comments, Regulatory bodies in states and communities have adopted a wide variety of measures aimed at limiting or restricting the use of alcoholic beverages, but there is no evidence that these laws have any substantial effect on the rate of alcoholism (p. 94). Two years earlier, at the American Public Health Association (APHA) meetings of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Public Health Annual Reviews

Alcohol Control and Public Health

Annual Review of Public Health, Volume 5 (1) – May 1, 1984

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Annual Reviews
Copyright
Copyright 1984 Annual Reviews. All rights reserved
Subject
Review Articles
ISSN
0163-7525
eISSN
1545-2093
DOI
10.1146/annurev.pu.05.050184.001453
pmid
6372812
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Robin Room Alcohol Research Group, Institute of Epidemiology and Behavioral Medicine, Medical Research Institute of San Francisco, 1816 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, California 94709 ALCOHOL CONTROL AND THE FIELD OF PUBLIC HEALTH Fifteen years ago, the American Public Health Association published a Guide to Community Control ofAlcoholism (19). The guide is a faithful reflection of received wisdom on the topic at the time. While it begins with a general discussion of "beverage alcohol use in American society," in terms of public health action its single-minded emphasis is on setting up a publicly supported institutional system and capacity for the treatment of alcoholism. In the course of a two-page discussion on the "prevention of alcoholism," there is a brief and arms-length mention of "laws and regulations" as an element on the landscape that the health planner must "take . . . into account." The guide comments, Regulatory bodies in states and communities have adopted a wide variety of measures aimed at limiting or restricting the use of alcoholic beverages, but there is no evidence that these laws have any substantial effect on the rate of alcoholism (p. 94). Two years earlier, at the American Public Health Association (APHA) meetings of

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Published: May 1, 1984

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