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A7(a). Community Actions to Tackle Alcohol Harms
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 31 March, 2014
Please describe how you have supported local community activity to tackle alcohol's social and health harms, over the last year.
AIM - Alcohol in Moderation was established in 1991 as a not for profit independent organisation dedicated to work towards a culture of responsible drinking. Supported by a Council of 20 unpaid Professors and Medics who are specialists in the field of alcohol, AIM has strived for 23 years to ensure that if alcohol is consumed, it is drunk responsibly and in moderation.
AIM critiques and peer reviews the evidence base of emerging papers on social, scientific and medical research, which are published in an online journal 10 times a year. In addition AIM maintains a free-to-use database of summaries on social, medical and scientific findings via www.alcoholinmoderation.com. A global portal linking to responsible drinking websites for consumers is maintained via www.drinkingandyou.com. Furthermore AIM works with Boston University Medical School to issue rapid release critiques of emerging research on alcohol through its joint management of The International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research (ISFAR), drawing on the expertise of its 40 medic and MD members (unpaid) from around the world.
AIM is funded by subscription to its journal and responsible drinking outreach partnerships.
AIM supports the provision of its journal free of charge to those working in the community to reduce alcohol related harm. This includes those working in local and national government, relevant charities and NGO's, the NHS and the academic community and health editors, enabling them to be informed of key National and International programmes and Research regarding alcohol education, medical research, responsible drinking guidelines, drink drive initiatives and community based programmes for example. Those eligible can request a subscription by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. As of March 2014, 669 people in the UK are receiving AIM Digest online free of charge.
A further 4,007 teachers, governors, PSHE specialists, local government specialists and policy makers are kept informed of alcohol education best practice, programmes, statistics and policy via a bi-termly newsletter. For further information email email@example.com.
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