Alcohol: monitoring and policy evaluation

  • Research program: Alcohol policy and strategies
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: January 2012
  • Expected end date: June 2016
  • Completion date: June 2016
  • Funded by: NHMRC
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Alcohol related harm is a major contributor to the total burden of disease and social problems experienced both globally and in Australia. Considerable burden is placed on health and policing sectors and at substantial financial cost. In 2008, Prime Minister Rudd defined alcohol-related problems in terms of "an epidemic of binge drinking across the country" and there is increased attention at all levels of government given to finding effective ways to diminish these burdens. That alcohol-related problems are so pervasive stems in part from the fact that alcohol is one of the most widely used drugs with over 80% of people describing themselves as current drinkers but is also related to the wide spread nature of problems across the population. There are over 40 conditions to which alcohol use is attributable including chronic diseases (e.g. hypertension, cancers), acute injuries (e.g. falls), violent crime, drink driving, child abuse and mental health problems.

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