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Substitution and Complementarity in the Face of Alcohol-Specific Policy Interventions

Moore, Simon Christopher ORCID: 2010. Substitution and Complementarity in the Face of Alcohol-Specific Policy Interventions. Alcohol and Alcoholism 45 (5) , pp. 403-408. 10.1093/alcalc/agq048

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Aim: Policy responses to the growing burden of alcohol-related disease fail to consider the interrelated nature of substance misuse and the potential for complex interactions in response to alcohol-specific interventions. This paper considers possible aggregate level responses to the alcohol policy and whether alcohol policy can be expected to reduce overall harm. Methods: A review and discussion of the relevant literature was conducted. Results: Evidence indicates that those at greatest risk consume stronger alcoholic beverages more frequently, that they are likely to complement their consumption with a range of intoxicants and that they are more likely to substitute alcohol with other substances. Conclusions: Policies aimed at reducing alcohol consumption can be successful. However, evidence suggests a significant minority of consumers are likely to substitute or complement consumption with a range of intoxicants suggesting that policy is unlikely to reduce all-cause mortality and morbidity. Further research into the nature of substitution and complementarity is required.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Dentistry
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0735-0414
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 02:08

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