Alcohol policy and regulating availability: impacts on population-level alcohol use and related disorders and diseases in Australia – PhD Project

  • Research program: Alcohol policy and strategies
  • Project status: Current
  • Start date: March 2016
  • Expected end date: December 2021
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  • Funded by: Australian Government RTP Scholarship
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Government regulation of the availability of alcohol is where the strongest evidence currently lies for reducing population-level alcohol use and related harm. However, the majority of alcohol policy evaluation studies focus on injuries from alcohol-related violence and accidents, and there is a need for more focus on the impact of policy change on alcohol-related disorders and diseases that may increasingly become important to an ageing population like Australia.

Unique alcohol sales data collected by liquor licensing authorities and alcohol-related disorder and disease outcome data from health departments will be accessed to explore impacts of the economic and physical availability of alcohol on population health. Outputs of this research programme will include two literature reviews (one narrative, one systematic) and three original research papers published in the peer-reviewed literature. This thesis by publication will add to the existing international evidence base regarding alcohol policy and practice and contribute to informing future national, state and local decisions on alcohol policy and liquor licensing in Australia.

William Gilmore
Research Fellow
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Professor Tanya Chikritzhs
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Dr Wenbin Liang
Research Fellow
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Gilmore, W., Chikritzhs, T., N., McManus, H., Kaldor, J., M. and Guy, R. (2020). The association between the Australian alcopops tax and national chlamydia rates among young people – an interrupted time series analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, (4), pp. 1343. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17041343 [RJ1542] View web page

Hydes, T., Gilmore, W., Sheron, N. and Gilmore, I. (2019). Treating alcohol-related liver disease from a public health perspective. Journal of Hepatology (WG joint first author), 70, pp. 223-236. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhep.2018.10.036 [RJ1443] View web page

Gilmore, W., Chikritzhs, T., N., Stockwell, T., R., Jernigan, D., Naimi, T., S. and Gilmore, I. (2016). Alcohol: taking a population perspective. Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 13, (7), pp. 426-434. DOI: 10.1038/nrgastro.2016.70 [RJ1156] View web page