Understanding and reducing alcohol-related harm among young adults in urban settings: Opportunities for intervention

  • Research program: Ethnographic Research
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: April 2010
  • Expected end date: October 2014
  • Completion date: November 2014
  • Funded by: ARC LP100100017
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Local Governments (LGs) urgently require an evidence-base to support their responses to the growing problem of alcohol-related harms among young adults. The study will be the first in Australia to contrast alcohol use by young adults in peri-urban (growth corridor) and urban LG areas, and the first to combine epidemiological analysis of consumption trends and related harms with exploration of the cultural meanings associated with very high and low risk drinking for young adults. In collaboration with industry partners VicHealth, the Victorian Department of Human Services, Municipal Association of Victoria, and Yarra and Hume LGs, public health policy recommendations will be developed and disseminated at LG, state and Commonwealth levels.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
  • Principal Investigator: Robin Room, La Trobe University
  • Principal Investigator: Sarah MacLean, La Trobe University
  • Principal Investigator: Brian Vandenberg, VicHealth
  • Principal Investigator: Karen Goltz, Victorian Department of Human Services

Dr Sarah MacLean

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MacLean, S. and Moore, D. (2014). 'Hyped up': Assemblages of alcohol, excitement and violence for outer-suburban young adults in the inner city at night. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25, (3), pp. 378-385. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.02.006 [RJ937] View web page

MacLean, S., Wilkinson, C., Moore, D., Matthews, S., O'Rourke, S., Butterworth, I. and Room, R. (2014). Young adults and alcohol: Developing local government policy responses in inner- and outer-urban settings: Full report. Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Melbourne. [T234] View web page