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What is alcohol and drug prevention?

There are different types of alcohol and other drug prevention programs, understanding them can help you set clear aims for your next community project.

Primary prevention contributes to the national policy of harm minimisation by reducing the demand for alcohol and other drugs (AOD) through education, health promotion and community development, and reducing the supply of AOD via legislation, regulation and policy.

Prevention works

Although there is a strong argument for communities to focus on primary prevention activities, some may still want to focus on downstream secondary or tertiary prevention. Considering the three different types of prevention may help you define what you are trying to achieve through your community activities.