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National Substance Misuse Strategy

National Substance Misuse Strategy

The National Substance Misuse Strategy is a framework that identifies effective policies and actions to tackle the harm caused to individuals and society by alcohol use and misuse. The policies and actions of the National Substance Misuse Strategy are organised under 5 pillars: supply, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and research. 

  • Supply reduction

Reduce the supply of cheap alcohol; Control the availability of alcohol; Prevent the sale of alcohol to minors; Restrict alcohol marketing and sponsorship; Prevent drink-driving.

  • Prevention

Raise awareness generally and deploy measures to delay children starting to drink.

  • Treatment and rehabilitation

The aim is to develop a national treatment and rehabilitative service that promotes early intervention and that is based on integrated care. Particular emphasis is put on family support services (especially children affected by parental drinking), aftercare and detoxification.

  • Research

The Steering Group recommended the collection of data on alcohol to identify the prevalence and patterns of alcohol use and misuse; demand for alcohol treatment; alcohol-related deaths; public expenditure; and harm reduction in order to inform policy development and services delivery.

Read more:

Report of the National Substance Misuse Steering Group

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