How is alcohol expenditure distributed in Australia


There has been increasing concern about the harm to health and society caused by alcohol. However the relationship between alcohol and financial inequalities and poverty has not previously been explored. This is the first study in Australia to examine household expenditure on alcohol in relation to financial and demographic factors, residential situation, and financial difficulty. The study uses secondary data from the 2009-10 Australian Household Expenditure Surveys (HES) to investigate the distribution of household spending on alcohol, and the links between alcohol expenditure and the financial difficulties experienced by households. Furthermore, it examines the determinants of alcohol expenditure in order to better inform policies for controlling alcohol consumption and related harms through measures which impact on this behaviour.



Full reference

  1. Dr Heng Jiang, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University.
  2. Dr Michael Livingston, Drug Policy Modeling Program, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University. Dr Livingston is funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHRMC) Early Career Fellowship (#1053029)
  3. Professor Robin Room, Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, La Trobe University; Centre for Social Research on Alcohol & Drugs, Stockholm University; Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne.


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