A review of environmentalbased community interventions

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Alcohol use and related problems can be influenced by a wide variety of prevention interventions, including efforts that focus on changing the community alcohol environment-for example, by reducing underage access to alcohol, decreasing alcohol availability among adults, and increasing awareness of alcoholrelated issues. Examples of environmentalbased community interventions that focus on reducing alcohol use and related problems are Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol, the Community Prevention Trial, the Sacramento Neighborhood Alcohol Prevention Project, Saving Lives, Operation Safe Crossing, and Fighting Back. Evaluations of these programs found that programs that change the community environment can reduce alcohol use and related problems among both youth and adults, even in communities with relatively low readiness to address alcohol issues. Research also has identified particular settings and situations where alcohol environmental changes are particularly needed as well as factors influencing the effectiveness of certain strategies. Despite the progress made, additional questions still need to be addressed in future research to maximize the benefits associated with environmentalbased community interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-166
Number of pages4
JournalAlcohol Research and Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 19 2011


  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Alcohol policy
  • Communities mobilizing for change on alcohol
  • Community prevention trial
  • Environmentalbased community intervention
  • Fighting back
  • Individualbased prevention
  • Operation safe crossing
  • Prevention
  • Preventive intervention
  • Problematic alcohol use
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Sacramento neighborhood alcohol prevention project
  • Saving lives


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