La Trobe regional alcohol study

La Trobe University research will explore factors that influence alcohol consumption by regional and rural Victorians.

La Trobe’s Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) in Melbourne is collaborating with VicHealth to look at drinking cultures.

Lead researcher Claire Wilkinson said the study would hear first-hand from people across Victoria about the factors that influence the way they drink alcohol.

“We know from previous studies that people in regional and rural areas are more likely to engage in risky drinking,” Ms Wilkinson said.

The La Trobe-led study aims to discover what motivates people in regional Victoria to drink alcohol.

“We want to get people’s thoughts on what they think is and isn’t socially acceptable while drinking.”

Researchers are inviting people across regional and rural Victoria to be part of the study.

“We want to interview people aged between 36 and 70 who drink alcohol and are willing to give their thoughts and insights into what factors influence why and the way they drink in social situations. They will also be asked to give their ideas about how drinking cultures in the country could be changed,” Ms Wilkinson said.

To participate in the study please visit the CAPR website or contact Claire Wilkinson on (03) 9479 8735 or  Participants willing to take part in this research will be reimbursed for their time.

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