There can be value in using community-centred approaches to improve health and wellbeing, promote equity and increase people’s control over their lives. Local communities have been identified as an important system in preventing alcohol-related problems and planning and implementing community prevention projects; community-centred approaches have good evidence of effectiveness across the life course (Table 11). 4Relevant initiatives include Community Alcohol Partnerships, which have been associated with reduced harms for underage drinkers, and schemes which promote volunteering and its value for health and wellbeing. 5 6

References

  1. M. Holmila, Community Prevention of Alcohol Problems, London: WHO / Palgrave , 1997.
  2. Community Alcohol Partnerships , “Islington Case Study,” 2011. [Online]. Available: http://www.communityalcoholpartnerships.co.uk/case-studies/islington. [Accessed 17 August 2016].
  3. Public Health England, “A guide to community centred approaches to health and wellbeing,” 2015. [Online]. Available: http://eprints.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/1229/1/A_guide_to_community-centred_approaches_for_health_and_wellbeing.pdf . [Accessed 15 August 2016].
  4. M. Holmila, Community Prevention of Alcohol Problems, London: WHO / Palgrave , 1997.
  5. Community Alcohol Partnerships , “Islington Case Study,” 2011. [Online]. Available: http://www.communityalcoholpartnerships.co.uk/case-studies/islington. [Accessed 17 August 2016].
  6. Public Health England, “A guide to community centred approaches to health and wellbeing,” 2015. [Online]. Available: http://eprints.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/1229/1/A_guide_to_community-centred_approaches_for_health_and_wellbeing.pdf . [Accessed 15 August 2016].