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Non-alcoholic beverages can help reduce alcohol consumption among adults who drink excessively
  1. Lolita Alfred1,
  2. Anthony Emmanuel2
  1. 1School of Health and Psychological Sciences, City University of London, London, UK
  2. 2East London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lolita Alfred, School of Health and Psychological Sciences, City University of London, London, UK; lolita.alfred{at}

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Commentary on: Yoshimoto, H., Kawaida, K., Dobashi, S. et al. Effect of provision of non-alcoholic beverages on alcohol consumption: a randomized controlled study. BMC Med 2023; 21, 379.

Implications for practice and research

  • There is scope for public health to consider non-alcoholic beverages as a potential strategy to reduce alcohol consumption in adults who drink excessively.

  • Future research should explore whether non-alcoholic beverages can reduce alcohol consumption in a wider range of countries and in different population groups, such as individuals with a diagnosis of alcohol dependence.


Alcohol is a risk factor in over 200 health conditions, and 2016 data shows it accounts for 5.3% of overall deaths worldwide.1 Alcohol harm extends to other areas of society, such as crime and disorder, suicide, domestic violence and drink-driving accidents.1 The WHO SAFER Initiative recommends five cost-effective interventions that can reduce alcohol harm, namely, alcohol screening and …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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