Media releases


13 March 2015


A new study has revealed that almost two thirds of people identified as being harmed by the drinking of others in a 2008 survey, were still being harmed three years later.

And it’s not your age, gender or the number of times that you go out that is most likely to determine whether you are at risk of being harmed, but rather the number of heavy drinkers in your life.

Funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) and undertaken by CAPR, the study, Beyond the drinker: Longitudinal patterns in alcohol’s harms to others, followed up Australian adults first surveyed in 2008 to see what level of harm they were experiencing as a result of other people’s drinking; whether this situation was remaining stable, improving or worsening; and what factors might predict patterns over time.

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Download a summary of the key findings: Beyond the drinker: Longitudinal patterns in alcohol’s harm to others

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24 February 2015


A new Australian study has revealed the full extent of alcohol-related family and domestic violence in Australia.

More than one million children are affected in some way by others drinking, 140,000 are substantially affected and more than 10,000 are in the child protection system because of a carers drinking.

The study will be officially launched at NSW Parliament House this morning by Rosie Batty, family violence campaigner and 2015 Australian of the Year. She will join a panel of experts in the field of family and domestic violence to discuss the report’s implications for the development of policy in Australia.

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Download a summary of the key findings: The hidden harm: Alcohol’s impact on children and families

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18 November 2014


Victorian local government alcohol plans are weak, vague and largely non-existent.

A new study has found the majority of local governments do not have a local planning policy for licensed premises, and due to the nature of the planning policies themselves, in the case of councils that do, those policies are highly subjective and carry no statutory weight.

In 2012, the Victorian Auditor General recommended that ‘The Department of Planning and Community Development should create a model local planning policy for licensed premises; and require councils to adopt a local planning policy for licensed premises where there is a particular need or concern.’

Two years on, an analysis of Victoria’s 79 local governments has found that only five; Bendigo, Yarra, Melbourne, Moonee Valley and Stonington, have an alcohol outlet planning policy.

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11 November 2014


A new study has found that at least one in ten children from across the globe have been physically hurt, verbally abused, exposed to domestic violence or left unsupervised because of another’s drinking.

An analysis of data from four international Alcohol’s Harm To Others (HTO) surveys conducted between 2008 and 2013 showed that families reported 14% of children in Vietnam, 13% of children in Thailand, 12% of children in Australia and 11% of children in Ireland have been affected by others drinking.

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17 October 2014


With almost half of young Victorians drinking 11 or more standard drinks in a session once a month or more, a new study now reveals exactly what they are drinking and the reasons for their choices.

With respondents citing cost and the desire to obtain the greatest alcohol content for the cheapest price as motivating factors, the study has prompted renewed calls on the Victorian Government to reduce the availability of cheap alcohol in bottle shops and for restrictions on the sale of high-alcohol content drinks in on-licence venues.

The study by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) examined the alcohol preferences of young adults in Victoria and the alcohol beverages most associated with risky drinking and drinking to get drunk.

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15 August 2013
Half of all drinkers exceed national guidelines

New research has further dispelled the myth that alcohol misuse is confined to a minority of Australians finding that over half (51.6%) of all drinkers consume alcohol in excess of the country’s guidelines.

Research Papers

Mathews, R & Callinan, S, (2013) Over the limit: A profile of Australians who drink in excess of the recommended guidelines,

Livingston, M (2013) Measuring risky drinking: An examination of the validity of different episodic drinking thresholds in predicting alcohol-related harms,

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28 July 2013
Aussies vote yes to tackling alcohol harm

A new study measuring attitudes toward alcohol policy reforms has shown that a majority of Australians support a broad range of measures to reduce alcohol harms.

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06 September 2012

New study: What do Aussies drink ?

A new study sheds light on what Australians drink, how much we consume and how often.
While beer remains the drink of choice for men and bottled wine for women and older drinkers, home brew and cask wine drinkers are drinking more than most.

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6 March 2012
Leading health experts ignite debate on Australias forgotten alcohol guidelines

A group of Australia’s leading public health organisations have called for the Commonwealth Government to fund a comprehensive public education campaign to promote Australia’s official Alcohol Guidelines to better protect young people and pregnant women.

The call follows a forum held in Melbourne today which examined the role of the Guidelines in reducing risky alcohol consumption in Australia. Held to coincide with the third anniversary of the release of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol, the forum was attended by researchers, public health officials and government representatives.

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6 March 2012
Three years on – alcohol guidelines invisible and unknown

Australia’s Alcohol Guidelines turn three today but there’s little reason to celebrate. New research by the Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR) shows that 95 per cent of people are unable to correctly identify safe drinking levels.

The research has been released ahead of a meeting of health experts in Melbourne today which will explore the role of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol.

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14 February 2012
Pregnant women not hearing or heeding safe drinking guidelines

A leading researcher has urged the Commonwealth Government to do more to promote safe drinking guidelines following new research that shows one in five Australian women continue drinking once they know they are pregnant.

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