Calling for women aged 40-65 in the ACT who want to reduce their drinking

The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) at La Trobe University is seeking women who live in the ACT aged between 40 and 65 to participate in Ripple, a research project that supports women to reduce the amount of alcohol they drink.

The project is a partnership between CAPR and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). It consists a health promotion program incorporating resources, information and tips on a website to support thousands of ACT women to cut back on drinking, and a randomised control trial that aims to test effective ways to support women in this age group to reduce alcohol consumption.

CAPR is leading the randomised control trial, which aims to contribute to the evidence on the effectiveness of online interventions to increase motivation to reduce alcohol use among women in this age group.

“Recent trends show an increase in alcohol use among women aged 40-65 years, amidst the declines found in other population groups. There are very few studies examining this in detail and even less research on what may help women to reduce their alcohol use and prevent the negative impact it may have on their health and wellbeing,” said Dr Sandra Kuntsche, Principal Research Fellow at CAPR.

“We aim to overcome this by testing a newly developed online intervention focusing on 40- to 65-year-old women living in the ACT. The online intervention we are trialling is based on the most recent scientific evidence and was developed in close collaboration with women in that age group, allowing us to incorporate their needs, ideas, and goals,” she added.

For those considering participating, the science is clear – reducing the amount you drink can lower your risk of long-term health harms improve your concentration, and promote better sleep. This in turn can improve your productivity at work and relationships with family members and friends.

These are the positive effects that ripple outward — from improved individual health and vitality to benefits felt by those around you.

Your participation will generate the urgently needed evidence to help women in this age group to feel well and stay healthy.

If you or someone you know would like to participate, please visit the FARE website to learn more and apply.