An investigation of the links between social and economic disadvantage, alcohol consumption and related harm (Alcohol & Poverty)

  • Research program: Alcohol policy and strategies
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: May 2004
  • Expected end date: June 2007
  • Completion date: November 2010
  • Funded by: AERF
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The overall aims of the proposed research is to undertake an ecologic examination of the relationship between measures of income disparity and the rates of key alcohol related harms at a local-area level in Australia in 1996 and 2001.

The specific objectives of the research project are to:

1. develop measures of income disparity (GINI coefficients) for Australian Statistical Local Areas (SLAs)

2. develop measures of the rate of key alcohol related harms for Australian SLAs as well as rates for a number of control conditions (eg diverticulitis)

3. using multi-level models, examine the relationship between income inequality and the rate of alcohol related harms at an SLA level

4. map the relationship between income inequality and the rate of alcohol related harms in Australian SLAs

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
  • Chief Investigator: Paul Dietze, Burnet Institute
  • Chief Investigator: Damien Jolley, Deakin University
  • Chief Investigator: Susan Clemens, Queensland Health

Professor Tanya Chikritzhs
Professor
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1609
t.n.chikritzhs@curtin.edu.au
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Dietze, P., Jolley, D., Chikritzhs, T., N., Clemens, S., Catalano, P. and Stockwell, T., R. (2009). Income inequality and alcohol attributable harm in Australia. BioMedCentral: Public Health, 9. [RJ614]