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26 Nov. 2018

Research: Community-based interventions to address alcohol and drug use in Indigenous populations

The University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute released new research titled Community-based interventions to address alcohol and drug use in Indigenous populations in Australia, New Zealand and Canada: a systematic review protocol. Please see the introduction below and a link to the publication.

Risky alcohol and other drug (AOD) use is of significant concern to Indigenous populations worldwide.

In Australia, recent surveys indicate that the proportions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (herein: Indigenous Australians) and non-Indigenous Australians drinking alcohol at levels that pose a lifetime risk of harm are similar. However, the available evidence indicates that the frequency of risky single-session consumption, posing a risk of both short- and long-term harm, is greater amongst Indigenous Australians.

According to the most recent burden of disease data, mental and substance use disorders contribute the largest proportion (19%) of all chronic disease groups to the overall burden of disease. The harm associated with problematic AOD use is preventable, and thus effective community-based prevention and treatment programs can play a significant role in reducing the overall burden of disease for Indigenous peoples.

You can view the entire artcile here.