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Research Article

The Effectiveness of Community Action in Reducing Risky Alcohol Consumption and Harm: A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial

  • Anthony Shakeshaft mail,

    a.shakeshaft@unsw.edu.au

    Affiliation: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW (University of New South Wales), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Christopher Doran,

    Affiliations: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW (University of New South Wales), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Hunter Medical Research Institute, New Lambton Heights, New South Wales, Australia, Faculty of Health and Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Dennis Petrie,

    Affiliation: Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Courtney Breen,

    Affiliation: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW (University of New South Wales), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Alys Havard,

    Affiliation: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW (University of New South Wales), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Ansari Abudeen,

    Affiliation: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW (University of New South Wales), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Elissa Harwood,

    Affiliation: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW (University of New South Wales), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Anton Clifford,

    Affiliations: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW (University of New South Wales), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, Bowen Hills, Queensland, Australia

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  • Catherine D'Este,

    Affiliation: National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

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  • Stuart Gilmour,

    Affiliation: Department of Global Health Policy, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

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  • Rob Sanson-Fisher

    Affiliation: Faculty of Health and Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Published: March 11, 2014
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001617

About the Authors

Anthony Shakeshaft, Christopher Doran, Courtney Breen, Alys Havard, Ansari Abudeen, Elissa Harwood, Anton Clifford
National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW (University of New South Wales), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Christopher Doran
Hunter Medical Research Institute, New Lambton Heights, New South Wales, Australia
Christopher Doran, Rob Sanson-Fisher
Faculty of Health and Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia
Dennis Petrie
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Anton Clifford
Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, Bowen Hills, Queensland, Australia
Catherine D'Este
National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Stuart Gilmour
Department of Global Health Policy, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Corresponding Author

Email: a.shakeshaft@unsw.edu.au

Competing Interests

CDE was one of the investigators for the project that was funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, an independent charitable organisation (http://www.fare.org.au). The Australian Government provides core funding to the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre through the Substance Misuse Prevention and Service Improvement Grants Fund. The other authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: AS RSF CD CDE. Performed the experiments: AS DP CB AH EH AC. Analyzed the data: AS CD DP CB AA AC CDE SG. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: DP CDE SG. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: AS. Contributed to the writing of the manuscript: AS CD DP CB AH AA EH AC CDE SG RSF. ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: AS CD DP CB AH AA EH AC CDE SG RSF. Agree with manuscript results and conclusions: AS CD DP CB AH AA EH AC CDE SG RSF. Enrolled patients: AS DP CB AH EH AC.