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Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs

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Volume 33, Issue 5-6 (Dec 2016)

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Scoping response system management of alcohol’s harm to others in lower middle income countries

Anne-Marie Laslett
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  • PhD Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia; National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Melbourne, Australia
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/ Orratai Waleewong / Isidore Obot
  • PhD Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA) Uyo, Nigeria Department of Psychology University of Uyo, Nigeria
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/ Vivek Benegal
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/ Siri Hettige
  • PhD Department of Sociology University of Colombo, Sri Lanka; Globalism Research Centre School of Social Sciences RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
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/ Ramon Florenzano / Hoang Thi My Hanh / Vu Thi Minh Hanh / Girish N Rao / Robin Room
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  • PhD Centre for Alcohol Policy Research La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia; Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, Stockholm University, Sweden
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Published Online: 2016-12-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/nsad-2016-0043

Abstract

AIMS - As part of the WHO Harm from others’ drinking project, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Chile, Nigeria and Vietnam undertook scoping studies to examine: which service agencies in low and middle income countries responded to people affected by others’ drinking; how commonly key informants from these agencies indicated alcohol was part of the problems they managed; and whether any routine reporting systems collected information on alcohol’s harm to others (AHTO) and the types and examples of harms experienced across the six countries. METHODS - Researchers synthetised within country peer-review literature, reports, news and agency website information. Additionally, researchers interviewed key informants to investigate current structures, functions and practices of service agencies, and in particular their recording practices surrounding cases involving others’ drinking. RESULTS - 111 key informants agreed to participate from 91 purposively selected agencies from health, social protection, justice and police, and ‘other’ sectors. National and provincial level data, as well as state-run and civil society agency data were collected. Diverse service response systems managed AHTO in the different countries. A large range in the percentage of all cases attributed to AHTO was identified. Case story examples from each country illustrate the different responses to, and the nature of, many severe problems experienced because of others’ drinking. CONCLUSIONS - AHTO was a major issue for service systems in LMIC, and significantly contributed to their workload, yet, very few recording systems routinely collected AHTO data. Recommendations are outlined to improve AHTO data collection across multiple sectors and enable LMIC to better identify and respond to AHTO.

Keywords: alcohol; harm to others; response systems; cross-national

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About the article

Received: 2016-04-19

Accepted: 2016-07-19

Published Online: 2016-12-22

Published in Print: 2016-12-01


Citation Information: Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, ISSN (Online) 1458-6126, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/nsad-2016-0043.

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