By Tiffany Bergin

With the realm future health association estimating that almost 4 percentage of world deaths are because of alcohol, alcohol misuse could be a really destructive social challenge, and one who governments world wide have endeavored to handle via quite a number coverage ideas. Regulating Alcohol world wide explores ancient and modern case reports in a number of nations to achieve a richer knowing of the political, financial, and different forces that impact alcohol-related policymaking. The case experiences offered within the ebook examine a number of other forms of alcohol rules, together with prohibition suggestions, normal efforts to minimize alcohol’s social harms, and extra specified rules.

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In addition to personal contact, other commonly-cited facilitating factors in Innvaer and colleagues’ review included “research that included a summary with clear recommendations” and “research that confirmed current policy or endorsed self-interest” (p. 241). The first factor shows the importance of presenting research so it can be easily understood and utilized by policymakers, while the latter factor seems to offer yet more support for Weiss’ (1983) idea that competing interests drive policymaking.

This finding mirrors Marmot’s (2004) concerns about “policy based evidence” rather than “evidence based policy” that were outlined previously in this chapter. A second revealing examination of evidence and drug policymaking was undertaken by Hughes and Stevens (2012), who focused on Portugal’s 2001 policy change to decriminalize the possession of illicit drugs for personal use. Specifically, Hughes and Stevens highlighted “the misuse of evidence” and the “erroneous accounts” of the policy’s effects that have marked some debates about the policy change (p.

Greenfield and colleagues’ (2004) interviews, for example, reveal that public health advocates also typically expressed a firm belief that activist organizations could gain prominence in alcohol policymaking by mobilizing public support and spearheading campaigns to encourage citizens to contact their governmental representatives. Additionally, it is important to recognize that the alcohol industry is not the only interest group with a clear economic stake in many alcohol policy decisions. The resources available to alcohol researchers, treatment specialists, public health advocates, and others are also often affected by alcohol policy decisions, and this 40 Regulating Alcohol around the World relationship should not be overlooked.

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