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Social clubs reduce harm in Aboriginal communities: long-held alcohol study

Date posted: 7 June 2017

A study on alcohol in Northern Territory (NT) Aboriginal communities found well-managed social clubs can reduce harm associated with drinking.

The review found that 8 licenced clubs operating in eight remote Aboriginal communities could reduce alcohol harm and even tackle broader problems such as domestic violence.

To prepare for community requests for licensed social clubs, the Australian Government and the NT Department of Justice commissioned the review.

The Bowchung researchers surveyed 362 residents from the eight communities that were allowed to keep their clubs when the intervention began.

They compared alcohol-related harm statistics from those communities with communities that did not have clubs.

Those seeking access to the report under Freedom of Information laws had previously been refused.

Source: ABC News


Last updated: 7 June 2017
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