The facts we all should know

FACT #13

Do you know the best way to reduce alcohol harm in your community?

Limiting the availability of alcohol by reducing the number of outlets and trading hours is one of the most effective strategies to reduce the health and social harm caused by alcohol. This is why licensing restrictions play a critical role in reducing alcohol harm.

Show me the science

Dr Łukasz Wieczorek, The relationship between economic and physical availability of alcohol and the amount of alcohol consumption, and other problems resulting from drinking alcohol – a literature review, Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Department of Research on Alcoholism and Toxicomania, Warsaw University

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