Research

Alcohol misuse results in a range of health and social harms. The World Health Organization recognises alcohol as a causal factor in more than 60 major types of disease and injury, including liver cirrhosis, diabetes, cancer, road traffic accidents, violence and foetal alcohol spectrum disorders. In Australia, alcohol misuse is a leading preventable cause of death, illness and injury.

Our research programs align with our vision to improve Australia’s understanding of alcohol-related harms. By using a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds (including public health, psychology, sociology, economics and criminology) we aim to produce relevant research and convey our findings to policy makers and the public.

Main research areas

The influence of drinking norms

Understanding drinking customs and norms in the population and in subgroups is an important aspect of policy-relevant alcohol research.

Alcohol's harm to others

A study that shifts the focus to how those around drinkers are adversely affected by the drinker

Youth drinking trends

Projects that focus on long-term changes in population consumption (particularly in Australia)

Pricing and policy

Estimating effects of alcohol pricing policy on health, social and economic outcomes and health inequality in Australia

Event-level drinking and drinking contexts

An examination of what happens during a drinking event.