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Adoption of the Alcohol Linking Program into routine practice by New South Wales police

Liquor licensing provisions exist in many jurisdictions to facilitate the safe consumption of alcohol on licensed premises. One strategy supporting the harm reduction objectives is enforcement of liquor licensing laws by regulatory agencies; however, in spite of evidence of its effectiveness, such enforcement has been limited; due, in part, to a lack of accurate information as to which premises need to be targeted.

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Establishment of a practice research network in Victoria: Increasing clinical capacity to do what works through involvement in research

There have been many calls for the stronger adoption of evidence-based practice in the AOD sector. In order to understand what is effective and what is not, clinicians require an understanding of research and direction in how to translate research into practice.

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The influence of social-cognitive, personality and co-morbidity factors on the drinking behaviour of young people in Australia

This study examines the psychological factors that influence alcohol consumption by young Australians (18-30 years old). It focuses on the role of personality, cognitive and psychological distress in maintaining problematic drinking; and compares the community sample with a treatment sample from a youth substance abuse service.

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A framework for supporting the implementation of community-based alcohol primary prevention and early intervention

This project originally grew out of an Alcohol Community Development Project, conducted by the Far West Area Health Service, which ran for six years, concluding in 2004. Its aim was to implement recommended actions from the 2006 Murdi Paaki Health Report.

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The prevalence of alcohol-related injury amongst patients presenting with injury to emergency departments in south western Sydney

This project examines the association between alcohol consumption and injury, within a low socio-economic community with a high proportion of non-English speaking residents.
The study was undertaken in the emergency departments of six hospitals in the south western suburbs of Sydney and used a case-crossover design.

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Evaluation of interventions promoting pharmacotherapies for alcohol misuse

Pharmacotherapy involves the use of medication in the treatment of problematic drug dependence. This form of drug therapy is very useful in addictions to substances such as heroin, alcohol, and other drugs that affect the body in a predominately biological manner.

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Adolescent alcohol use and abuse in the flow of daily life: A pilot study of an innovative sampling methodology

The aim of this pilot study is to contribute substantially to the current repertoire of research tools used to understand motivational models of alcohol use. In order to do this, the study developed and validated an innovative, youth friendly sampling tool using mobile phones; as well as addressing the reliability and validity of the monitoring program in assessing mood, motivational factors, place and social context of drinking.