The effects of alcohol outlet density

Investigators: Professor Robin Room, Michael Livingston
Sponsors: Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE)

Understanding the relationship between the availability of alcohol and alcohol-related problems is crucial to the development of sensible alcohol policy.

This project examines how the number and type of alcohol outlets in local areas affects rates of harm (including violence, heavy drinking and chronic disease). A series of longitudinal analyses have demonstrated significant associations in outlet numbers and harm rates, particularly relating to pubs and bottle shops.

The study is continuing, with a focus on how these effects play out across different types of neighbourhoods.

The work from this project forms the basis of Michael Livingston’s PhD dissertation.

Contact: Michael Livingston
Ph: (03) 8413 8407