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The Alcohol Action in Rural Communities (AARC) project

Posted on: 18 March, 2013
Issue: Vol 13 No 1, January 2013 – March 2013
Related to Injury Alcohol use New South Wales

Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (2012)
The Alcohol Action in Rural Communities (AARC) project
Canberra: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education

This report presents the findings from the Alcohol action in rural communities project (AARC) conducted in 2005 – 2012. It evaluated the effectiveness of community action approaches to reducing risky alcohol consumption and related-harms in 10 communities across rural New South Wales, using 13 tailored strategies implemented over 5 years.

The project demonstrated that the benefits of implementing community action outweigh the associated costs of such action. Findings included:

  • 24% reduction in alcohol-related street offences
  • 8% reduction in assaults
  • 31% reduction of short-term high-risk drinkers.

The AARC project was a partnership between local communities, local government, government agencies, the Universities of New South Wales and Newcastle, and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC), with funding provided by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE).

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