Dr Michael Livingston

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Associate Professor Michael Livingston joined the NDRI Melbourne office in 2021. He is one of Australia's leading alcohol policy researchers, with a significant national profile and a long history of success in obtaining major grants. He has published over 150 papers across a range of topics, focussing largely on evaluating the impacts of alcohol policy changes at the population level, ensuring data on alcohol consumption and related harms are as robust as possible and trying to unpack the drivers of trends in population drinking, particularly among young people. He has received a series of major awards, incluing an NHMCR Research Excellence Award in 2016. Livingston was a member of the NHMRC's Alcohol Working Committee, tasked with revising the national low risk drinking guidelines (launched in 2020), and is on the AIHW's Technical Advisory Group for the National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

  • PhD Population Health, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne
  • BAppSci Mathematics, Maths, Queensland University of Technology
  • Epidemiology
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Alcohol policy
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Survey methodology
  • Alcohol related harms
  • Alcohol trends

Bozic, S., Vicendese, D., Livingston, M. and Erbas, B. (2022). Mapping Problematic Drinking Trends over Time in Urban, Semi-Urban, and Rural Populations. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, (1). DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19010589 [RJ1849] View web page

Callinan, S., Livingston, M., Dietze, P., Gmel, G. and Room, R. (2022). Age-based differences in quantity and frequency of consumption when screening for harmful alcohol use. Addiction. DOI: 10.1111/add.15904 [RJ1897] View web page

Caluzzi, G., Livingston, M., Holmes, J., MacLean, S., Lubman, D., Dietze, P., Vashishtha, R., Herring, R. and Pennay, A. (2022). Response to commentaries: (de)normalization of drinking and its implications for young people, sociality, culture and epidemiology. Addiction, 117, (5), pp. 1217-1219. DOI: 10.1111/add.15848 [RJ1871] View web page

Holmes, J., Fairbrother, H., Livingston, M., Meier, P., S., Oldham, M., Pennay, A. and Whitaker, V. (2022). Youth drinking in decline: What are the implications for public health, public policy and public debate? International Journal of Drug Policy, 102. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2022.103606 [RJ1852] View web page

Leggat, G., Livingston, M., Kuntsche, S. and Callinan, S. (2022). Alcohol consumption trajectories over the Australian life course. Addiction. DOI: 10.1111/add.15849 [RJ1869] View web page

Marzan, M., Callinan, S., Livingston, M. and Jiang, H. (2022). Alcohol consumption, heavy episodic drinking and the perpetration of antisocial behaviours in Australia. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 235. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2022.109432 [RJ1884] View web page

Marzan, M., Callinan, S., Livingston, M., Leggat, G. and Jiang, H. (2022). Systematic Review and Dose–Response Meta-Analysis on the Relationship Between Alcohol Consumption and Sickness Absence. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 57, (1), pp. 47-57. DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agab008 [RJ1743] View web page

Miller, M., Mojica-Perez, Y., Livingston, M., Kuntsche, E., Wright, C. and Kuntsche, S. (2022). The who and what of women's drinking: Examining risky drinking and associated socio-demographic factors among women aged 40–65 years in Australia. Drug and Alcohol Review. DOI: 10.1111/dar.13428 [RJ1856] View web page

Miller, P., G., Coomber, K., Smith, J., Livingston, M., Stevens, M., Guthridge, S., Room, R., Wright, C., Rung, D., Clifford, S., Baldwin, R., Das, S., Paradies, Y., Scott, D., Griffiths, K., Farmer, C., Mayshak, R., Silver, B., Moore, S., Mack, J., Mithen, V., Dyall, D., Ward, J., Boffa, J. and Chikritzhs, T., N. (2022). Learning from alcohol (policy) reforms in the Northern Territory (LEARNT): protocol for a mixed-methods study examining the impacts of the banned drinker register. BMJ Open, 12, (4). DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058614 [RJ1885] View web page

Mojica-Perez, Y., Livingston, M., Pennay, A. and Callinan, S. (2022). Examining the relationship between alcohol consumption, psychological distress and COVID-19 related circumstances: An Australian longitudinal study in the first year of the pandemic. Addictive Behaviors, 135. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2022.107439 [RJ1925] View web page

Raninen, J., Livingston, M., Landberg, J. and Ramstedt, M. (2022). To drink or not to drink: A study of the association between rates of non-drinkers and per drinker mean alcohol consumption in the Swedish general population. Drug and Alcohol Review. DOI: 10.1111/dar.13501 [RJ1906] View web page

Raninen, J., Livingston, M., Ramstedt, M., Zetterqvist, M., Larm, P. and Svensson, J. (2022). 17 Is the New 15: Changing Alcohol Consumption among Swedish Youth. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, (3). DOI: 10.3390/ijerph19031645 [RJ1855] View web page

Stevely, A., K., Vashishtha, R., Fairbrother, H., Fenton, L., Henney, M., Livingston, M. and Holmes, J. (2022). Are changes in attitudes towards school associated with declining youth drinking? A multi-level analysis of 37 countries. European Journal of Public Health. pp. 354-359. DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckac029 [RJ1879] View web page

Tran, A., Jiang, H., Lang, S., Livingston, M., Manthey, J., Neufeld, M., Room, R., Stelemekas, M., Telksnys, T., Petkeviciene, J., Radisauskas, R. and Rhem, J. (2022). The Impact of Increasing the Minimum Legal Drinking Age from 18 to 20 Years in Lithuania on All-Cause Mortality in Young Adults-An Interrupted Time-Series Analysis. In Lang, S. (ed.) Alcohol and Alcoholism. DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agab076 [RJ1898] View web page

Bozic, S., Vicendese, D., Livingston, M. and Erbas, B. (2021). Role of psychological distress on long-term risky and heavy-episodic drinking patterns in major cities and rural and remote areas. Australian Journal of Rural Health. DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12821 [RJ1801] View web page

Caluzzi, G., Livingston, M., Holmes, J., MacLean, S., Lubman, D., Dietze, P., Vashishtha, R., Herring, R. and Pennay, A. (2021). Declining drinking among adolescents: Are we seeing a denormalisation of drinking and a normalisation of non-drinking? Addiction. DOI: 10.1111/add.15611 [RJ1750] View web page

Caluzzi, G., Pennay, A. and Livingston, M. (2021). How does technology influence young people's drinking? A complex relationship in need of innovation. Addiction Research & Theory. DOI: 10.1080/16066359.2021.2021402 [RJ1847] View web page

Chikritzhs, T., N. and Livingston, M. (2021). Alcohol and the risk of injury. Nutrients, 13, (8). DOI: 10.3390/nu13082777 [RJ1772] View web page

Clifford, S., Smith, J., Livingston, M., Wright, C., Griffiths, K. and Miller, P., G. (2021). A historical overview of legislated alcohol policy in the Northern Territory of Australia: 1979-2021. BMC Public Health, 21, (1). DOI: 10.1186/s12889-021-11957-5 [RJ1799] View web page

Conigrave, K., Ali, R., L., Armstrong, R., Chikritzhs, T., N., d'Abbs, P., Harris, M., Livingston, M., Lubman, D., McKenzie, A., O'Leary, C., M., Ritter, A., Wilson, S., Grimmond, M. and Banks, E. (2021). Revision of the Australian guidelines to reduce health risks from drinking alcohol. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 215, (11), pp. 518-524. DOI: 10.5694/mja2.51336 [RJ1838] View web page

Coomber, K., de Andrade, D., Puljević, C., Ferris, J., Livingston, M., Taylor, N., Clough, A., R. and Miller, P., G. (2021). The impact of liquor legislation changes on police-recorded serious assault in Queensland, Australia. Drug and Alcohol Review. DOI: 10.1111/dar.13181 [RJ1723] View web page

de Andrade, D., Coomber, K., Livingston, M., Taylor, N., Miller, P., G., Ferris, J., Puljević, C., Mayshak, R. and Scott, D. (2021). The impact of late-night alcohol restrictions on ambulance call-outs in entertainment precincts. Drug and Alcohol Review, 40, (5), pp. 708-716. [RJ1747]

Leggat, G., Livingston, M., Kuntsche, S. and Callinan, S. (2021). Changes in alcohol consumption during pregnancy and over the transition towards parenthood. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 225. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108745 [RJ1727] View web page

Leggat, G., Livingston, M., Kuntsche, S. and Callinan, S. (2021). The development of drinking trajectories among Australian young adults. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 82, (2), pp. 237-245. DOI: 10.15288/jsad.2021.82.237 [RJ1711] View web page

Livingston, M., Callinan, S., Vashishtha, R., See Yuen, W. and Dietze, P. (2021). Tracking the decline in Australian adolescent drinking into adulthood. Addiction. DOI: 10.1111/add.15720 [RJ1802] View web page

Livingston, M., Coomber, K., de Andrade, D., Taylor, N., Ferris, J., Puljević, C. and Miller, P., G. (2021). Assessing the impact of Queensland's late-night alcohol restrictions using health system data. Drug and Alcohol Review, 40, (5), pp. 698-707. DOI: 10.1111/dar.13182 [RJ1719] View web page

Miller, P., G., Coomber, K., de Andrade, D., Livingston, M., Puljević, C., Vakidis, T., Carah, N., Taylor, N., Burn, M., Curtis, A., Chikritzhs, T., N., Room, R., Clough, A., R., Najaman, J., Scott, D., Mayshak, R. and Ferris, J. (2021). Queensland Alcohol-related violence and Night-time Economy Monitoring (QUANTEM): Rationale and overview. Drug and Alcohol Review. DOI: 10.1111/dar.13270 [RJ1721] View web page

Miller, P., G., Coomber, K., de Andrade, D., Livingston, M., Puljević, C., Vakidis, T., Carah, N., Taylor, N., Burn, M., Curtis, A., Room, R., Clough, A., R., Najaman, J., Scott, D., Mayshak, R. and Ferris, J. (2021). Summarising the impacts of the Queensland Alcohol-related violence and Night-Time Economy (QUANTEM) project. Drug and Alcohol Review, 40, (5), pp. 755-760. DOI: 10.1111/dar.13272 [RJ1749] View web page

Mojica-Perez, Y., Callinan, S. and Livingston, M. (2021). Declines in alcohol consumption in Australia: some challenges to the theory of collectivity. Addiction. DOI: 10.1111/add.15757 [RJ1841] View web page

Pennay, A., Cook, M., MacLean, S., Lubman, D., Dietze, P., Herring, R., Caluzzi, G., Vashishtha, R. and Livingston, M. (2021). Examining trends in the representation of young people and alcohol in Australian newspapers over twenty years (2000-2019). International Journal of Drug Policy, 99. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103461 [RJ1791] View web page

Ramstedt, M., Raninen, J., Larm, P. and Livingston, M. (2021). Children with problem drinking parents in Sweden: Prevalence and risk of adverse consequences in a national cohort born in 2001. Drug and Alcohol Review. DOI: 10.1111/dar.13406 [RJ1845] View web page

Raninen, J., Larm, P., Svensson, J., Livingston, M., Sjodin, L. and Karlsson, P. (2021). Normalization of Non-Drinking? Health, School Situation and Social Relations among Swedish Ninth Graders That Drink and Do Not Drink Alcohol. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, (21). DOI: 10.3390/ijerph182111201 [RJ1819] View web page

Raninen, J., Livingston, M., Holmes, J., Svensson, J. and Larm, P. (2021). Declining youth drinking: A matter of faith? Drug and Alcohol Review. DOI: 10.1111/dar.13411 [RJ1836] View web page

Ritter, A., Van de Ven, K., Vuong, T., Chalmers, J., Dobbins, T., Livingston, M. and Berends, L. (2021). Are market mechanisms associated with alcohol and other drug treatment outcomes? Addiction. DOI: 10.1111/add.15681 [RJ1792] View web page

Savic, M., Pennay, A., Cook, M. and Livingston, M. (2021). Assembling the socio-cultural and material elements of young adults' drinking on a night out: a synthesis of Australian qualitative research. Critical Public Health. DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2021.1898544 [RJ1688] View web page

Sjodin, L., Livingston, M., Karlsson, P. and Raninen, J. (2021). Associations between trust and drinking among adolescents. Drug and Alcohol Review. DOI: 10.1111/dar.13338 [RJ1753] View web page

Taylor, N., Livingston, M., Coomber, K., Mayshak, R., Zahnow, R., Ferris, J., Chikritzhs, T., N. and Miller, P., G. (2021). The combined impact of higher-risk on-license venue outlet density and trading hours on serious assaults in night-time entertainment precincts. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 223. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108720 [RJ1707] View web page

Taylor, N., Miller, P., G., Coomber, K., Livingston, M., Scott, D., Buykx, P. and Chikritzhs, T., N. (2021). The impact of a minimum unit price on wholesale alcohol supply trends in the Northern Territory, Australia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 45, (1), pp. 26-33. DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.13055 [RJ1689] View web page

Van de Ven, K., Ritter, A., Vuong, T., Livingston, M., Berends, L., Chalmers, J. and Dobbins, T. (2021). A comparison of structural features and vulnerability between government and non-government alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment providers. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 132, (1). [RJ1748]

van Egmond, K., Wright, C., Livingston, M. and Kuntsche, E. (2021). A Parallel Test of the SCRAM-CAM Transdermal Monitors Ensuring Reliability. Drug and Alcohol Review. DOI: 10.1111/dar.13353 [RJ1751] View web page

Vashishtha, R., Pennay, A., Dietze, P. and Livingston, M. (2021). Trends in adolescent alcohol and other risky health- and school-related behaviours and outcomes in Australia. Drug and Alcohol Review. DOI: 10.1111/dar.13269 [RJ1687] View web page

Vashishtha, R., Pennay, A., Dietze, P. and Livingston, M. (2021). Exploring the Impact of Secondary Supply Laws on Adolescent Drinking Trends in Australia. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 82, (1), pp. 76-83. [RJ1694]

Vashishtha, R., Pennay, A., Dietze, P., Barrientos, M., Room, R. and Livingston, M. (2021). Trends in adolescent drinking across 39 high-income countries: Exploring the timing and magnitude of decline. European Journal of Public Health, 31, (2), pp. 424-431. DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckaa193 [RJ1699] View web page

Vashishtha, R., Holmes, J., Pennay, A., Dietze, P. and Livingston, M. (2021). An examination of the role of changes in country-level leisure time internet use and computer gaming on adolescent drinking in 33 European countries. International Journal of Drug Policy, 100. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2021.103508 [RJ1800] View web page

O'Brien, H., Callinan, S., Livingston, M., Doyle, J., S. and Dietze, P. (2020). Population patterns in Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) scores in the Australian population; 2007–2016. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 44, (6), pp. 462-467. DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.13043 [RJ1639] View web page

Callinan, S., Chikritzhs, T., N. and Livingston, M. (2019). Consistency of drinker status over time: Drinking patterns of ex-drinkers who describe themselves as lifetime abstainers. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 80, (5), pp. 552-55. DOI: 10.15288/jsad.2019.80.552 [RJ1554] View web page

White, V., Azar, D., Faulkner, A., Coomber, K., Durkin, S., Livingston, M., Room, R., Chikritzhs, T., N. and Wakefield, M. (2018). Adolescents’ alcohol use and strength of policy relating to youth access, trading hours and driving under the influence: findings from Australia. Addiction, 113, (6), pp. 1030-1042. DOI: 10.1111/add.14164 [RJ1466] View web page

Wilkinson, C., Pennay, A., MacLean, S., Livingston, M., Room, R., Hamilton, M., Laslett, A., L., Jiang, H., Callinan, S. and Waleewong, O. (2018). Addiction research centres and the nurturing of creativity. The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), Melbourne: a decade on. Addiction, 113, (3), pp. 568-574. DOI: 10.1111/add.14075 [RJ1373] View web page

Miller, P., G., Ferris, J., Coomber, K., Zahnow, R., Carah, N., Jiang, H., Kypri, K., Chikritzhs, T., N., Clough, A., R., Livingston, M., de Andrade, D., Room, R., Callinan, S., Curtis, A., Mayshak, R., Droste, N., Lloyd, B., Matthews, S., Taylor, N., Crane, M., Thorn, M. and Najaman, J. (2017). Queensland Alcohol-related violence and Night Time Economy Monitoring project (QUANTEM): a study protocol. BMC Public Health, 17, (789). DOI: 10.1186/s12889-017-4811-9 [RJ1369] View web page

White, V., Azar, D., Faulkner, A., Coomber, K., Durkin, S., Livingston, M., Chikritzhs, T., N., Room, R. and Wakefield, M. (2017). Adolescents' exposure to paid alcohol advertising on television and their alcohol use: exploring associations during a 13-year period. Addiction, 112, (10), pp. 1742-1751. DOI: 10.1111/add.13873 [RJ1366] View web page

Azar, D., White, V., Coomber, K., Faulkner, A., Livingston, M., Chikritzhs, T., N., Room, R. and Wakefield, M. (2016). The association between alcohol outlet density and alcohol use among urban and regional Australian adolescents. Addiction, 111, (1), pp. 65-72. DOI: 10.1111/add.13143 [RJ1149] View web page

Scott, N., Hart, A., C., Wilson, J., C., Livingston, M., Moore, D. and Dietze, P. (2016). The effects of extended public transport operating hours and venue lockout policies on drinking-related harms in Melbourne, Australia: Results from SimDrink, an agent-based simulation model. International Journal of Drug Policy, 32, pp. 44-49. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2016.02.016 [RJ1142] View web page

Scott, N., Livingston, M., Hart, A., C., Wilson, J., C., Moore, D. and Dietze, P. (2016). SimDrink: An agent-based NetLogo model of young, heavy drinkers for conducting alcohol policy experiments. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 19, (1). DOI: 10.18564/jasss.2943 [RJ1089] View web page

Laslett, A., L., Catalano, P., Chikritzhs, T., N., Dale, C., Doran, C., M., Ferris, J., Jainullabudeen, T., Livingston, M., Matthews, S., Mugavin, J., Room, R., Schlotterlein, M. and Wilkinson, C. (2015). Beyond the drinker: Longitudinal patterns in alcohol’s harm to others. Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education and Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, Canberra, ACT. [T203] View web page

White, V., Faulkner, A., Coomber, K., Azar, D., Room, R., Livingston, M., Chikritzhs, T., N. and Wakefield, M. (2015). How has alcohol advertising in traditional and online media in Australia changed? Trends in advertising expenditure 1997–2011. Drug and Alcohol Review, 34, (5), pp. 521–530. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12286 [RJ1123] View web page

Azar, D., White, V., Bland, S., Livingston, M., Room, R., Chikritzhs, T., N., Durkin, S., Gilmore, W. and Wakefield, M. (2014). 'Something's Brewing': The changing trends in alcohol coverage in Australian newspapers 2000-2011. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 49, (3), pp. 336-342. DOI: 10.1093/alcalc/agt139 [RJ930] View web page

Barratt, M., J., Livingston, M., Matthews, S. and Clemens, S. (2014). Gaming machine density is correlated with rates of help-seeking for problem gambling: A local area analysis in Victoria, Australia. Journal of Gambling Issues. DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2014.29.1 [RJ770] View web page

Livingston, M., Dietze, P., Ferris, J., Pennay, D., Hayes, L. and Lenton, S. (2013). Surveying alcohol and other drug use through telephone sampling: a comparison of landline and mobile phone samples. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 13, (41). DOI: 10.1186/1471-2288-13-41 [RJ879] View web page

Livingston, M., Matthews, S., Barratt, M., J., Lloyd, B. and Room, R. (2010). Diverging trends in alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm in Victoria. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34, (4), pp. 368-373. [RJ697] Abstract

Livingston, M., Chikritzhs, T., N. and Room, R. (2007). Changing the density of alcohol outlets to reduce alcohol-related problems. Drug and Alcohol Review, 26, (5), pp. 557-566. DOI: 10.1080/09595230701499191 [RJ546] View web page

Vashishtha, R., Livingston, M., Pennay, A., Dietze, P., MacLean, S., Holmes, J., Herring, R., Caluzzi, G. and Lubman, D. (2019). Why is adolescent drinking declining? A systematic review and narrative synthesis. Addiction Research & Theory, 28, (4), pp. 275-288. DOI: 10.1080/16066359.2019.1663831 [RJ] View web page

Wilkinson, C., Pennay, A., MacLean, S., Livingston, M., Room, R., Hamilton, M., Laslett, A., L., Jiang, H., Callinan, S. and Waleewong, O. (2017). The Centre for Alcohol Policy Research (CAPR), Melbourne: a decade on. Addiction, 113, (3), pp. 568-574. DOI: 10.1111/add.14075 [RJ] View web page

Laslett, A., L., Callinan, S., Mugavin, J., Jiang, H., Livingston, M. and Room, R. (2015). Beyond the Drinker: Longitudinal patterns in alcohol's harm to others. Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education, Canberra. ISBN: 978-0-9925892-7-1 [M] View web page

Laslett, A., L., Wilkinson, C., Room, R., Livingston, M., Ferris, J. and Mugavin, J. (2014). Alcohol’s harm to others: an overview of Australian work and results so far. Australasian Epidemiologist, 21, (2), pp. 10-11. [RJ]

Mugavin, J., Livingston, M. and Laslett, A., L. (2014). Seeking help because of others' drinking. Drug and Alcohol Review, 33, (2), pp. 161-8. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12113 [RJ] View web page

Wilkinson, C., Laslett, A., L., Ferris, J., Livingston, M., Mugavin, J., Room, R. and Callinan, S. (2014). The Range and Magnitude of Alcohol's Harm to Others: study methodology and measurement challenges. Australasian Epidemiologist, 21, (2), pp. 12-16. [RJ]

Laslett, A., L., Room, R., Ferris, J., Wilkinson, C., Livingston, M. and Mugavin, J. (2011). Surveying the range and magnitude of alcohol’s harm to others in Australia. Addiction, 106, (9), pp. 1603-1611. DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03445.x [RJ] View web page

Livingston, M., Wilkinson, C. and Laslett, A., L. (2010). The impact of heavy drinkers on health and wellbeing. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 71, (5), pp. 778-785. [RJ]

Room, R., Ferris, J., Laslett, A., L., Livingston, M., Mugavin, J. and Wilkinson, C. (2010). The drinker’s effect on the social environment: A conceptual framework for studying alcohol’s harm to others. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 7, (4), pp. 1855-1871. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph7041855 [RJ] View web page

Livingston, M., Laslett, A., L. and Dietze, P. (2008). Individual and community correlates of young people's high-risk drinking in Victoria, Australia. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 98, (3), pp. 241-248. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2008.06.002 [RJ] View web page