NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of improvement.

This quality standard covers a range of approaches at a population level to prevent harmful alcohol use in the community by children, young people and adults. These statements are particularly relevant to trading standards, other local authority teams, the police, and schools and colleges. This quality standard does not cover screening and brief interventions, which are covered by NICE’s quality standard on alcohol dependence and harmful alcohol use. For more information see the topic overview.

It was previously called alcohol: preventing harmful alcohol use in the community.