Traci L. Toomey, Ph.D., School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Norman Giesbrecht, Ph.D., Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Joel W. Grube, Ph.D., Prevention Research Center, Pacific Institute of Research and Evaluation (PIRE), Berkeley, CA, Robert F. Saltz, Ph.D., Prevention Research Center, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)
Research has shown that one of the most promising ways to reduce risky alcohol use, whether it involves adults or minors, is to control access. Simply put, the easier it is to get alcohol, the more likely it will be used or abused. The challenge is to find which specific mechanisms will best achieve the desired impact.
Given the range of problems associated with risky drinking - it is linked to an increased risk of car crashes, fights, rapes, murders, and property damage - a large body of public health research has emerged focusing on the potential of curbing alcohol-related problems by controlling the physical availability of alcohol.