Local policies to tackle a national problem: Comparative qualitative case studies of an English local authority alcohol availability intervention

Matt Egan, Alan Brennan, Penny Buykx, Frank De Vocht, Lucy Gavens, Daniel Grace, Emma Halliday, Matthew Hickman, Vivien Holt, John D Mooney, Karen Lock

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Abstract

Cumulative impact policies (CIPs) are widely used in UK local government to help regulate alcohol markets in localities characterised by high density of outlets and high rates of alcohol related harms. CIPs have been advocated as a means of protecting health by controlling or limiting alcohol availability. We use a comparative qualitative case study approach (n=5 English local government authorities, 48 participants) to assess how CIPs vary across different localities, what they are intended to achieve, and the implications for local-level alcohol availability. We found that the case study CIPs varied greatly in terms of aims, health focus and scale of implementation. However, they shared some common functions around influencing the types and managerial practices of alcohol outlets in specific neighbourhoods without reducing outlet density. The assumption that this will lead to alcohol harm-reduction needs to be quantitatively tested.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalHealth and Place
Volume41
Early online date13 Jul 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016

Structured keywords

  • NIHR SPHR

Keywords

  • alcohol
  • neighbourhood environment
  • public health
  • case study

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