Alcohol management plans

What are Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs)

Alcohol Management Plans (AMPs) describe strategies and actions to reduce the harms associated with alcohol in the community.  These strategies target alcohol harm reduction, alcohol demand reduction and alcohol supply reduction. The development of AMPs commenced as a Territory wide strategy in 2010 and continued intensively until the end of 2015. There are 35 communities in the NT which have undertaken alcohol management planning processes.

 In most of these communities, the AMP has been developed and endorsed by both community members and service providers.

Harm reduction strategies and some examples

Harm Reduction strategies are aimed at reducing the harms from alcohol. Every community is different and will have needs and concerns specific to their community.

Some examples of harm reduction strategies -

  • Service staff /community member training to increase staff skill and capacity
  • Creating safer drinking environments
  • Projects to reduce community member risks like Women’s Safe Place
  • Alcohol safety workshops/projects
  • FASD (Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder) projects
  • Alcohol and drug restorative justice programs
  • Community conflict mediation projects
  • Sober Bob and safer transport projects

Demand reduction strategies and some examples

 Demand reduction strategies are aimed at reducing the demand for alcohol. Every community is different and will have needs and concerns specific to their community.

Some examples of demand reduction strategies -

  • Involving young people and Elders in language and cultural activities
  • Culturally appropriate camps and excursions
  • Community alcohol and other drug education
  • Alcohol and other drug treatment services
  • Targeted education - youth, women, men
  • Arranging other activities and services (youth, diversionary, sport and rec)
  • Alcohol and other drug Respite programs
  • Social and emotional wellbeing programs
  • Making community specific information – posters, art, signage

Supply reduction strategies and some examples

Supply Reduction strategies are aimed at reducing supply of alcohol. Every community is different and will have needs and concerns specific to their community.

Some examples of Supply Reduction strategies -

  • Changing types of alcohol available to lower strength ones like mid-strength or light
  • Reducing the amount of alcohol that can be purchased
  • Changing hours of alcohol sale to support positive community activities
  • Introducing a responsible behaviour based Liquor Permit System
  • Restricting type of alcohol and sale hours for high risk community events like large football games, or things like Funerals, Sorry Business.

AMP examples

Small AMPs

  • good for quickly identifying issues
  • a useful tool for a small community or agency

Medium AMPs

  • a more comprehensive look at the issues
  • helps to devise possible solutions or things that help
  • assists a medium size community or medium sized agency to make a functional framework 

Large AMPs

  • a highly detailed examination of the problems and potential solutions
  • helps to identify specifically what actions and resources are needed
  • allows detailed management of any strategies progress or problems
  • Suitable for a large town or large resourced agency to make a comprehensive assessment of the alcohol situation and to create targeted actions to address issues.

How to “Do It Yourself” AMPs

Templates

Evaluations and Research

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Last updated: 26 March 2018