Alcohol harm and young adults in urban settings

Investigators: Robin Room, David Moore,  Sarah MacLean, Sean O’Rourke, and Iain Butterworth.

A team led by Professor Room was awarded $335,555 over three years to conduct a major and innovative project titled: ‘Understanding and reducing alcohol-related harm among young adults in urban settings: opportunities for intervention’. The project is funded by the Australian Research Council (LP 100110017) with financial contribution from project partners VicHealth and the Victorian Department of Health, as well as substantial in kind contributions from Yarra and Hume City Councils and the Municipal Association of Victoria. The study, which commenced late in 2010, will provide analyses of patterns of alcohol consumption by young adults in inner and growth corridor local government (LG) areas. This information will be complemented with insights into how young adults view alcohol use gathered through in-depth interviews with drinkers from two LG areas.

The study is designed to provide policy-relevant information on a range of issues. It will investigate difference in experiences of alcohol consumption between young adults in inner-urban and growth corridor locations to provide an evidence base on appropriate alcohol policies for each of these settings. The study will also explore how low-risk drinkers and high-risk drinkers differently experience drinking alcohol with a view to developing targeted education responses. A further key concern is to understand how young adults who drink responsibly manage to moderate their alcohol consumption. In the third and final year of the project CIs will work in collaboration with industry partners to develop specific policy recommendations for implementation at LG, state and national levels.