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These additions to the Effectiveness Bank all concern the prevention of alcohol and drug problems. Featured are the two Canadian studies which form a large part of the evidence that in the real world something close to the minimum per unit alcohol pricing contemplated for Britain has reduced consumption in ways predicted by mathematical models – though in both studies pricing was set by a government alcohol wholesale monopoly, a possibly significant difference from the UK. Another major alcohol problem prevention tactic is mass screening for risky drinking and briefly advising those screening positive. The main limitation has been getting mass programmes implemented, one which Scotland seems partly to have cracked. Lastly, British specialists have developed quality standards for the prevention of substance use problems which if implemented would transform prevention practice.