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Managing alcohol in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory: an evaluation of the Tennant Creek Alcohol Management Plan and related measures to reduce alcohol-related problems

Posted on: 10 January, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 1, January 2011 – March 2011
Related to Remote Rural Alcohol use Northern Territory

d’Abbs P, Ivory B, Senior K, Cunningham T, Fitz J (2010)
Managing alcohol in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory: an evaluation of the Tennant Creek Alcohol Management Plan and related measures to reduce alcohol-related problems
Casuarina, NT: Menzies School of Health Research

This report documents the implementation of the Alcohol Management Plan (AMP) in Tennant Creek, NT, in August 2008, and the implementation of changes to the licence conditions governing liquor outlets in Tennant Creek imposed two years prior to the commencement of the AMP, in July 2006. Central to these changes was the withdrawal of a ban on takeaway sales from major outlets (Thirsty Thursday) that had been in place since the mid-1990s.

The AMP consists of 11 strategies, grouped under one of the three categories of supply reduction, harm reduction and demand reduction and associated with 40 proposed measures. Some of the measures target immediate change and others target longer term cultural shifts. Progress on each of the measures was used to assess the implementation of the AMP.

Overall, the introduction of the AMP has restored some, but not all of the ground lost in relation to alcohol-related harm following the revocation of the Thirsty Thursday provisions. This report makes three recommendations including the reconsideration of the principle underlying the Thirsty Thursday restrictions.

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