'Alcohol, less is better' project: Outcomes of an Italian community-based prevention programme on reducing per-capita alcohol consumption

Vincenzo Bagnardi, Emanuele Sorini, Davide Disalvatore, Valentina Assi, Giovanni Corrao, Renzo De Stefani

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Aims To evaluate differences in the individual alcohol consumption after a community-based prevention programme.Design settings and participants 'Alcohol, less is better' is a controlled intervention trial. The intervention adopted a community approach, based on the active involvement of community leaders and institutional or volunteer organizations. Between 1999 and 2006, 2.5 years of activities aiming at informing and sensitizing the community on the harmful effects of alcohol on social life and health were carried out in 10 selected small Italian communities, involving a total of 123235 individuals. Eight communities were chosen as control group.Measurements Changes in self-reported individual alcohol consumption before and after the intervention were assessed on a random sample of intervention (n=3382) and control (n=2644) populations, using telephone and mailed surveys. Linear and log-linear models for repeated measures were used to evaluate differences between intervention and control samples.Findings Overall, a significant reduction (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-110
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011



  • Alcohol drinking
  • Community intervention
  • Controlled trial
  • Evaluation
  • Prevention
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine(all)

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