This section looks at the real costs of alcohol misuse and the strategies/solutions to reduce alcohol-related harm. With alcohol costing Australian communities over $15 billion a year, it’s important we identify effective ways to address the harms associated with alcohol use.

The costs

The real cost of alcohol

The solutions

Addressing alcohol-related harm is no easy task, but it can be done. When thinking about making a community a safer and more pleasurable place to live, it’s important to remember that change happens as a result of many things coming together. These include governments, policy, regulations, social networks, families, peers and individual knowledge and beliefs. If alcohol-related harms are addressed on all of these levels, we move closer to reducing the impact of alcohol in communities.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified the most effective strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm. The list below has been based on the WHO strategies with an Australian context.