8.1. Perverse Interpretation of Evidence in Alcohol Policy

  1. Hamid Ghodse2,
  2. Helen Herrman3,
  3. Mario Maj4 and
  4. Norman Sartorius5
  1. Steve Allsop

Published Online: 18 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470975084.ch13

Substance Abuse Disorders

Substance Abuse Disorders

How to Cite

Allsop, S. (2009) Perverse Interpretation of Evidence in Alcohol Policy, in Substance Abuse Disorders (eds H. Ghodse, H. Herrman, M. Maj and N. Sartorius), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470975084.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 2

    International Centre for Drug Policy, St George's University of London, London, UK

  2. 3

    Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  3. 4

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy

  4. 5

    Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, Geneva, Switzerland

Author Information

  1. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, GPO Box U1987, Perth WA 6845, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 18 MAR 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470745106

Online ISBN: 9780470975084



  • commentaries, perverse interpretation - of evidence in alcohol policy;
  • evidential gaps, limiting our ability - attributing alcohol's contribution to physical and mental health problems;
  • research evidence, and vested interests - of alcohol manufacturers and retailers;
  • Passetti and Drummond's, psychological and pharmacological treatment options - managing withdrawal;
  • prevalence of risky alcohol use - minority of people, perceiving need for and receiving treatment;
  • population demographics, patterns of alcohol use - industry deregulation, new research prevention and treatment challenges;
  • potential public-health challenge - nature or extent of issue, and effective interventions;
  • risky drinking, in context of intolerable - physical, economic and social conditions


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