Event-level drinking and drinking contexts

We are leading or involved in a range of projects that examine what it is that happens during a drinking event  . Our methods include:

  • asking people for details regarding drinking events
  • tracking people’s geolocation during a drinking event
  • monitoring blood alcohol levels during a drinking event
  • Record drinking context and/or location where drinking has occurred

Current research projects

Transdermal testing of alcohol consumption

The overwhelming majority of evidence in alcohol research has relied on self-reports for more than 150 years. The limitations this incurs on the research includes underreporting, and recall bias. Use of biomonitoring devices allows validation of self-report measurements to improve accuracy and measure the consumed amounts with more precision.

Transdermal alcohol consumption has the potential to become the gold standard of tracking alcohol consumption in the future. The 'Scram Cam' ankle bracelet collects alcohol through a transdermal process and measures the sample every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day.

Transdermal testing measures the concentration of ingested alcohol present in the invisible perspiration that is constantly produced and emitted by the skin.

Drinking in the home

Despite a focus on alcohol consumption in licensed premises, particularly in young people, the vast majority of alcohol is consumed in private premises. As part of CAPR’s work in the International Alcohol Control Study we established that 63% of alcohol is consumed in the drinker’s own home.

As a result, we have begun a three year project, led by Dr Sarah Callinan, examining drinking in the home.

This project will investigate the impact of living with a heavy drinker. Specifically, the impact the drinker has on other members in the household. An examination will be carried out that seeks to understand:

  • the role price/cost plays in drinking at home
  • how people think of their drinking at home.

Alcohol consumption and sport spectatorship

The relationship between alcohol consumption and sport spectatorship is an important one in Australia. Alongside the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Amy Pennay and colleagues are examining the growth of sports bars in Victoria. There is also interest in further examining what exactly happens in a drinking occasion where sport spectatorship is the primary aim of the event.

Research Team:

  • Emmanuel Kuntsche
  • Sarah Callinan
  • Amy Pennay
  • Oliver Stanesby
  • Megan Cook
  • Gabriel Caluzzi