The feasibility and effectiveness of a family-based intervention for Indigenous Australians with alcohol dependence.
- Faculty: Faculty of Medicine
Indigenous Australians experience a disproportionately high burden of alcohol-related harm relative to non-Indigenous Australians. These alcohol-related harms are typically cumulative, extending beyond the individual to the family and community. The number of Indigenous-specific intervention programs to address these harms appears less than optimal, and there have been few rigorous evaluations of Indigenous-specific alcohol interventions that have been implemented. There is evidence from empirical studies that family-based approaches can be effective for reducing alcohol-related harms among high-risk drinkers and the negative effects of alcohol misuse on other family members. Family relationships have always been vital to the cohesion and wellbeing of Indigenous communities. What happens at the family level shapes the social functioning of Indigenous Australian communities and the wellbeing of individuals. The potential strength of relationships between Indigenous individuals, their families and communities suggests that family–based approaches are likely to be appropriate and effective for reducing alcohol related harm among Indigenous Australians.