Dr Heng (Jason)

Dr Heng (Jason) Jiang

Research Fellow - CAPR

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Level 5, HS2, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC 3086, Australia, Melbourne (City)

Research centres

Centre for Alcohol Policy


Ph.D (Applied Economics), MFin. & Ec.


Research fellow

Area of study

Public Health

Brief profile

Dr Jiang is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University. He obtained his Ph.D in Economics from Deakin University. He is leading and working on a number of ARC, NHMRC, NGOs and local government funded research projects, including A Cross-national Study of Alcohol's Harm to Others, International Alcohol Control Study; Cost-effectiveness and Cost-Benefits Analyses on Alcohol and Drug Policies and Intervention Programs; Alcohol Consumption, Consequence and Control Study; and Estimating Effects of Alcohol Pricing Policy on Health, Social and Economic outcomes, and Health Inequalities.

He conducts quantitative and econometric analyses in relation to the harmful use of alcohol and other drugs, with particular research interest on estimating impacts of policy interventions on alcohol, tobacco and drug use, and related social and health issues; links between alcohol and tobacco consumption, non-communicable diseases and injuries.

In the last five years, he has published over 30 journal articles and two books in Addiction and Public Health fields. He has published comment articles in leading health and medical journals, e.g., The Lancet and The Lancet Global Health and his research has been widely cited by public and social media, such as The Washington Post, BBC, ABCThe Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, Bloomberg and etc,.


Research interests

Global health

- Alcohol and tobacco consumption, non-communicable diseases and injuries

Health economics

- Cost-effectiveness analysis and econometric estimation on health interventions and policies

Public health policy

- Health policies and interventions on reducing harmful use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

Recent publications


Laslett, A-M., Mugavin, J., Jiang, H., Manton, E., Callinan, S, and Room, R. (2015), The Hidden Harm: Alcohol’s Impact on Children and Families, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, Canberra. 

Laslett, A.-M., Callinan, S, Mugavin, J., Jiang, H., Livingston, M. and Room, R. (2015), Beyond the drinker: Longitudinal patterns in alcohol’s harm to others, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, Canberra. 

Journal Papers

Laslett, A-M., Jiang, H., and Chikritzhs, T., (2018), Child injury deaths linked with adult alcohol consumption: a time series analysis, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, (in early view, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376871618300152). 

Lei, X., Jiang, H., Liu, C., Ferrier, A., Mugavin, J., (2018). Self-medication practice and associated factors among residents in Wuhan, China, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(1), 68.

Wilkinson, C., Pennay, A., Maclean, S., Livingston, M., Room, R., Hamilton, M., Laslett, A-M., Jiang, H., Callinan, S., and Waleewong, O. (2018). Addiction research centres and the nurturing of creativity: The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), Melbourne: a decade on, Addiction, 113(3), 568-574.

Miller,   P., Ferris, J., Coomber, K., Zahnow, R., Carah, N., Jiang, H., et al. (2017)  Queensland alcohol-related violence and night time economy monitoring project (QUANTEM): A study protocol. BMC Public Health, 17:789.

Jiang, H., Xiang, X., Waleewong, O. and Room, R. (2017) Alcohol marketing and youth drinking in Asia, Addiction, 112(8), 1508-1509.

Jiang, H., Callinan, S., Livingston, M. and Room, R. (2017). Off-premise alcohol purchasing in Australia: Variations by age group, income level and annual amount purchased. Drug and Alcohol Review, 36(2), 210-219.

Laslett, A.-M., Jiang, H., & Room, R. (2017). Alcohol's involvement in an array of harms to intimate partners. Drug and Alcohol Review, 36(1), 72-79.

Jiang, H., Callinan, S., Laslett, A-M.,  Room, R., (2017) Measuring time spent caring for drinkers and their dependents. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 52(1), 112-118.

Jiang, H., Xiang, X., Room, R., & Hao, W. (2016). Alcohol and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Lancet, 388(10051), 1279-1280.

Jiang, H., & Room, R. (2016). The many facets of alcohol policy. International Journal of Alcohol and Drug Research, 5(3), 3.

Jiang, H., Livingston, M., Room, R., Callinan, S. (2016). Price elasticity of on- and off-premises demand for alcoholic drinks: A Tobit analysis. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 163: 222-228.

Xiang, XJ., Wang, X., Jiang, H., Chu, C., Hao, W. (2016). Drugged and driving in China: status and challenge. International Journal of Drug Policy, 31: 203-204.

Jiang, H. and Livingston, M (2015), The dynamic effects of changes in prices and affordability on alcohol consumption: an impulse response analysis, Alcohol and Alcoholism, 50(6), 631-638.

Callinan, S., Room, R., Livingston, M. and Jiang, H. (2015), Who purchases low-cost alcohol in Australia? Alcohol and Alcoholism, 50(6), 647-653.

Jiang, H., Room, R. and Hao, W. (2015), Alcohol and related health issues in China: Action needed, The Lancet Global Health, 3(4), e190-e191.

Jiang, H., Livingston, M. and Room, R. (2015), How financial difficulties interplay with expenditures on alcohol: Australian experience, Journal of Public Health, 23(3), 267-276.

Jiang, H., Livingston, M. and Room, R. (2015), Alcohol consumption and fatal injuries in Australia before and after major traffic safety initiatives: A time series analysis, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 39(1), 175-183.

Jiang, H., Livingston, M. and Manton, E. (2015), The effects of Random Breath Testing and lowering the minimum legal drinking age on traffic fatalities in Australian states, Injury Prevention, 21(2), 77-83.

Laslett, AM., Mugavin, J., Jiang, H., Manton, E., Callinan, S., MacLean, S., and Room, R., (2015). Readings on domestic violence. Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia, 22(2), 39-40.

Jiang, H., Callinan, S., Laslett, A., and Room, R. (2014), Correlates of caring for the drinkers and others among those harmed by another’s drinking, Drug and Alcohol Review, 34(2), 162-169.

Jiang, H., Livingston, M., Room, R., Dietze, P., Norstrom, T., and Kerr, W. (2014), Alcohol consumption and liver disease in Australia: A time series analysis of the period 1935-2006, Alcohol and Alcoholism, 49(3), 363–368.

Research Reports

Laslett, A.-M., Jiang, H., and Room, R. (2017). Alcohol consumption of Australian parents: continuity and change in the new millennium. Canberra: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, (weblink: http://fare.org.au/2017/07/alcohol-consumption-of-australian-parents-continuity-and-change-in-the-new-millennium/).

Jiang, H, Livingston M and Room, R (2017) Alcohol consumption and liver, pancreatic, head and neck cancers in Australia: Time-series analyses. Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, Canberra, (weblink: http://fare.org.au/archives/87478).

Jiang, H., Livingston, M. and Room, R. (2015), How is alcohol expenditure distributed in Australia? Exploring alcohol expenditure and experience of financial difficulties, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, Canberra, (weblink: http://www.fare.org.au/wp-content/uploads/research/How-is-alcohol-expenditure-distributed-in-Australia.pdf).

Callinan, S., Jiang, H., Livingston, M., Chikritzhs, T., Dietze, P., and Room, R. (2015), Alcohol consumption and purchsing in Western Australia, Healthway-Western Australian Health Promotion and Foundation, Perth.

Jiang, H., Callinan, S. and Room R. (2014), Alcohol Consumption and Purchasing (ACAP) Study: Survey approach, data collection procedures and measurement of the first wave of the Australian arm of the International Alcohol Control Study, Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, Canberra, (published online: http://www.capr.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/IAC-Technical-Report.pdf).


Research projects

The effects of alcohol pricing policies on health, social and economic outcomes and health inequalities

Time series analysis on alcohol and tobacco consumption and NCDs and injuries 

International Alcohol Control Study

Cost-effectiveness and cost-benefits analysis on alcohol and drug policy and intervention programs

Alcohol, tobacco and gambling expenditure and health inequalities in Australia

Risk drinking among old people in Australia