Introduction to a special issue on alcohol control policies in low and middle income countries

Bundit Sornpaisarn, Kevin D. Shield

Abstract


Sornpaisarn, B., & Shield, K. (2014). Introduction to a special issue on alcohol control policies in low and middle income countries. The International Journal Of Alcohol And Drug Research, 3(3), 182 – 183. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.7895/ijadr.v3i3.182

In response to the World Health Assembly’s adoption in 2010 of a resolution which endorsed a Global Strategy to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol, many countries, especially those considered low- and middle-income (LMIC), formulated, and in some instances implemented, a variety of alcohol control policies. However, the supporting knowledge and evidence used to evaluate the effectiveness of alcohol control policies stem primarily from high-income countries (HIC) (Babor et al., 2010; World Health Organization, 2010). This lack of knowledge and evidence from LMIC is a considerable public health problem, as differences between the socio-economic and cultural contexts of LMIC and HIC may influence the effectiveness of an alcohol control policy (Anderson et al., 2009; Lachenmeier, 2011).


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alcohol; low-income countries; middle-income countries; high-income countries; policy; research; public health; epidemiology; intervention

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7895/ijadr.v3i3.182

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