Alcohol restrictions in Indigenous communities: an effective strategy if Indigenous-led

Dennis A Gray and Edward T Wilkes
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (10): 508.

While it is encouraging to read Margolis and colleagues’ findings in this issue of the Journal that in four Indigenous communities in Cape York, Queensland, there has been a marked reduction in aeromedical retrievals for serious injuries, the extent to which this is an indicator of a reduction in alcohol-related harm is uncertain.1

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  • Dennis A Gray1
  • Edward T Wilkes2

  • National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA.


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