New frontiers in alcohol and gender: The role of health promotion policy and practice in Australia

Anthony Merlino, Sarah Clifford, James A. Smith

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Abstract

Scholarship indicates that gender norms influence drinking behaviours, yet the consequences of this for health professionals and health promotion remains neglected. To address this gap, we discuss the implications of gender and alcohol consumption for Australian health promotion and practice. We convey how a more integrated public health approach, aimed at promoting healthy gender expectations and enhancing gender relations, is warranted. We also discuss how changing gender norms pose new challenges for health professionals. By confronting these contentious issues, this commentary helps the health sector consider innovative measures to combat alcohol-related harms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-262
Number of pages5
JournalDrug and Alcohol Review
Volume40
Issue number2
Early online date21 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

Keywords

  • alcohol
  • alcohol policy
  • gender
  • harm reduction
  • public health

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