Case studies

It is important to develop the European evidence base of measures that reduce harm in drinking environments. Examples of practice currently being implemented in European countries were collated as part of the Focus on Alcohol Safe Environments (FASE) project. The case studies show that significant work is underway in European countries to address alcohol-related harm in drinking environments. Responsible beverage service training programmes and measures to prevent drink driving appear to be among the most common interventions being implemented in European countries. Although few programmes have been rigorously evaluated, some have been developed based on international evidence (e.g. Bar Veilig in the Netherlands) and evaluative work does appear to be increasing (e.g. Safe Drive in Italy). Better understanding the impacts of European interventions must be a priority in order to increase understanding of what does and does not work to reduce alcohol-related harm in drinking environments, and to enable the dissemination of effective practice.

List of Cases

Responsible server/staff training interventions:

Bar Veilig (Bar Safe) in the Netherlands
Responsible Beverage Service in Sweden
Training for alcohol servers in Scotland

Interventions to reduce underage access to alcohol:

Test purchasing in the UK
Reducing underage drinking in Milan, Italy

Policing and enforcement approaches:

Targeted enforcement activity in the UK
Targeted policing in Barakaldo, Spain
Enforcing drink driving legislation in Slovenia

Interventions delivered in drinking establishments

Polycarbonate glassware in Lancashire, UK
The Safe Driver project in Milan, Italy
Drink driving interventions (ENWA in various countries and Anti-Crash in France)

Multi-component community interventions

The STAD project in Sweden
Statutory partnership working in England and Wales
The PAKKA project, Finland

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