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

Monitoring: consumption trends, international comparisons, harms, costs, method development

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

Intervention opportunities: taxation, trade agreements, outlets, policy changes, effects on behaviours

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

Contexts: Home, Events, Cognitions, Cultures

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