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NCJ Number: 221119 Find in a Library
Title: Aboriginal Community Alcohol Harm Reduction Policy (ACAHRP) Project: A Vision for the Future
Journal: Substance Use & Misuse  Volume:42  Issue:12-13  Dated:2007  Pages:1851-1866
Author(s): Louis Gliksman; Margaret Rylett; Ronald R. Douglas
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 16
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study provides an analysis overview of policy/practice developments implemented in Aboriginal communities to prevent alcohol related problems.
Abstract: Survey results indicated that alcohol use-related problems involving intoxication, nuisance behaviors, criminal activity, liquor license violations, and personal harm were perceived to have decreased. Problems related to alcohol use and/or misuse at social events held in Band facilities have decreased and the reductions have been sustained over time. Furthermore, having policy regulations in place did not have an adverse effect on facility rentals. Band administrators and facility staffing in each community felt the policy had had a positive effect on events at which alcohol was sold or served. In Ontario municipalities, local alcohol management policies have been developed around the provincial requirement for a special occasion permit (SOP) which has been required since the late 1970s for events held at public/municipal facilities where alcohol is served. Although unique to each community, these alcohol policies usually specify the type of events and facilities eligible for SOP permits, management practices, and prevention strategies for events, enforcement procedures when the policy is not followed, signs to reinforce the policy regulations, and provisions for policy implementation, monitoring, and review. The first alcohol management policy adopted in an Aboriginal community occurred in 1992. The study included a Policy Development Model specifying the 4 steps necessary when implementing a health promotion intervention, and offers 12 steps necessary for the policy development process. The study collected data through a questionnaire to determine the extent of alcohol management policy development, and the perceptions of key stakeholders about the effect and sustainability of the intervention. The sample included Band Chiefs in all 129 Aboriginal communities listed in the Ontario Aboriginal Directory. Table, figures, glossary, notes, and references
Main Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Canada
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse education; Alcohol abuse prevention; Alcohol-crime relationship; Alcoholism treatment programs; Canadian Indians
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