The NSW ACT Alcohol Policy Alliance (NAAPA) is an alliance of organisations advocating for evidence-based solutions to prevent and reduce alcohol-related harms in NSW and the ACT.
The 2013 NSW Alcohol Summit was held on Thursday 14 March at NSW Parliament House with over 180 attendees including health professionals, community representatives, law enforcement officials, researchers, frontline workers, and state politicians.
NAAPA aims to reduce alcohol-related harms by ensuring that evidence-based solutions inform alcohol policy discussions in NSW and ACT. NAAPA currently has 35 member organisations from a range of fields including health, community, law enforcement, emergency services and research organisations. If you are interested in joining NAAPA email us at email@example.com
The harms that result from alcohol consumption are not limited to Kings Cross in Sydney and Civic in Canberra. They result from drinking at bars, pubs and at home and include a broad range of immediate and long term health conditions, injuries and death.
Effective interventions to reduce alcohol-related harms need to consider the range of harms that result from alcohol consumption, the various patterns of drinking and the environment in which alcohol is consumed. Policies also need to consider the impacts of both on-licence (bars and clubs), as well as off-licence (retailers and take-away outlets) premises.
The ways that alcohol is sold, promoted and made available all contribute to the way that alcohol is consumed and the associated harms. Across Australia today alcohol is the most affordable that it has been in over three decades, it is more available than it ever has been and it is more heavily promoted.
NAAPA’s policy priorities are focused on three areas where the NSW and ACT Governments can have the greatest influence in reducing alcohol-related harms. These are:
The following organisations are founding members of NAAPA:
We’ve prepared an overview of the Summit, and will continue to update this as events unfold.