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Richard Midford & Anthony Shakeshaft

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 13: Community-Focused Approaches to the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Harms: From Past Experiences to Future Possibilities

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Community-Focused Approaches to the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Harms: From Past Experiences to Future Possibilities
Community-focused approaches to the prevention of alcohol-related harms: from past experiences to future possibilities
Richard MidfordAnthony Shakeshaft
Historical context

Community-focused prevention of alcohol problems goes back to the American Temperance Movement, which sprang up in the early years of the nineteenth century as a grassroots effort to make people aware of the threat that alcohol posed at home and at work (Cherrington, 1920; Holder, 1992). The foundation of the American Temperance Society in Boston in 1826 marked a transition to more organized, larger scale activity, and within 12 years, the Society claimed to have more than 8,000 local groups and over 1.5 million members (Merrill, 1988).

The Temperance Movement spread to Continental Europe, Britain ...

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