About Us

The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) is an innovative, world-class research facility at the forefront of informed alcohol policy development, led by Professor Robin Room. The Centre, which receives funding from the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and La Trobe University, examines alcohol-related harms and the effectiveness of alcohol-related policies. Formerly located at Turning Point, Fitzroy, Victoria, the Centre is now at La Trobe University’s Franklin Street campus in Melbourne. CAPR is unlike any other research facility in Australia, as its sole focus is on building the evidence-base on alcohol issues. This places CAPR at the forefront of informed alcohol policy development in Australia. Together with FARE, CAPR’s research discoveries can be promoted to inform the best, most effective alcohol-policy in Australia.

Vision

To produce the best evidence-based alcohol policy research in the world.

Mission

Building a world-class research facility that contributes to the development of effective evidence-based alcohol policy on a national and global stage.

Research focus

CAPR has examined a range of critical areas in alcohol research including:

  • alcohol policy formation and regulatory processes
  • patterns and trends in drinking and harms in the Australian population and
  • the influence of drinking norms, cultural practices, and social contexts.

CAPR’s most significant work is the ongoing study entitled ‘Alcohol’s Harm to Others’, which measures ‘third party’ harms from alcohol use that have not previously been explored in a national context. Commissioned by FARE, the study focuses on how individual acts of alcohol misuse ripple through families, workplaces and communities, and the impact of alcohol’s misuse on people other than the drinker.

By providing an insight into the connections between child protection, health, law enforcement, and family services, this research has reframed Australian and international discussions about alcohol policy. Results from the first phase of the research, released in 2010, have been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO), and are included in its Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health, 2011.