About us

The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR)is a world-class academic unit at the forefront of alcohol research. Our discoveries are used to promote and inform the development of evidence-based, effective alcohol policy in Australia and internationally.

We work closely with the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and other partners to ensure our findings are translated for policymakers and the public.

Our aim

We aim to conduct world-leading alcohol research, in order to build and disseminate the evidence needed for effective public health oriented alcohol policies. To achieve our aim, we conduct research in three broad areas:

  • Monitoring which includes consumption trends, international comparisons, harms from alcohol, costs and method development.
  • Intervention opportunities covering taxation, trade agreements, liquor outlets, policy changes and behaviours.
  • Contexts such as the home, events, cognitions and cultures.

CAPR Annual Report 2018

CAPR is proud to present our 2018 annual report, a summary of our achievements, and ongoing projects by the CAPR team, and our global network of partners. [PDF:2.6mb]

Our role in policy

We serve as a vital resource on the evidence-base about alcohol for the public health community, social and government agencies, the media, and society. We pursue this objective in a number of ways, such as:

  • publishing original research findings, scholarly reviews and commentaries
  • responding to requests concerning evidence from government, public health and media organisations
  • advising public health-oriented alcohol policy agencies and coalitions on the relevant research on emergent alcohol policy issues
  • working with the public health agencies (such as the World Health Organization) and research groups, both in Australia and abroad, to develop an international base of knowledge concerning drinking patterns, alcohol-related harms, and effective alcohol policies
  • pursuing and producing reports on agreed upon alcohol policy-relevant research topics for FARE and other non-government funders
  • disseminating CAPR’s research, situating our findings in the context of the field’s knowledge base, presenting at community, governmental and professional meetings, and through participating in public seminars and events
  • regularly sending representatives to serve on the Alcohol Policy Coalition (APC), a coalition of five Victorian public health agencies working on matters concerning alcohol policy.
  • contributing to the development of a workforce of scholars competent in policy-relevant alcohol research in Australia and internationally; achieving this through such means as postgraduate training, postdoctoral placements, internships and scholarly visits and exchanges

CAPR Advisory Committee

Guided by La Trobe University’s Research Centre Strategic Framework, a volunteer advisory board of stakeholders oversees our activities and gives independent guidance and support to help us meet our aims. We are grateful to the members for their time and dedication.

Advisory Committee members:

External experts
Professor Margaret Hamilton (Chair)
Professor Alison Ritter, Director, Drug Policy Modelling Program, University of New South Wales

La Trobe University
Professor Stephen Kent, Head, School of Psychology and Public Health
Professor Rachel Huxley, Assistant Pro Vice-Chancellor - Research, College of Science, Health and Engineering
Associate Professor Anthony Lyons, Australian Research Centre for Sex,  Health and Society
Professor Christine Bigby, Director, Living with Disability Research Centre

FARE
Mr Michael Thorn, Chief Executive
Dr Nadine Ezard, Director

CAPR
Professor Emmanuel Kuntsche, Director
Dr Michael Livingston, Deputy Director
Professor Robin Room