Developing the capacity to model the impact of interventions that target high-risk drinking among young Australians

  • Research program: Ethnographic Research
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: October 2011
  • Expected end date: November 2017
  • Completion date: October 2018
  • Funded by: ARC Discovery
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National monitoring systems provide clear evidence of the serious and substantial social and health problems associated with heavy drinking among young Australians. Quantitative research has been restricted to descriptions of individual drinking patterns, while qualitative studies have been localised investigations of limited generalisability. This research will improve understanding of the individual, social, cultural, economic and geographical factors shaping heavy drinking and related problems via the integration of ethnographic and epidemiological methods. Agent-based modelling will be used to achieve this integration and will allow testing of the impact of various interventions on the prevalence of alcohol-related problems.

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Professor Paul Dietze
Tel: 61 (0)3 9282 2134
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Chief Investigator

Harm reduction policy and strategies


  • Chief Investigator: Robin Room, La Trobe University
  • Chief Investigator: Pascal Perez, University of Wollongong

Professor David Moore
Tel: 61 (0)3 9479 8718
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Moore, D. (2017). Making visible the politics and ethics of alcohol policy research. Addiction, 112, (8), pp. 1490-1494. DOI: 10.1111/add.13812 [RJ1268] View web page

Murphy, D., A., Hart, A., C. and Moore, D. (2017). Shouting and providing: Forms of exchange in the drinking accounts of young Australians. Drug and Alcohol Review, 36, (4), pp. 442-448. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12444 [RJ1189] View web page

Murphy, D., A., Wilson, J., C. and Moore, D. (2017). Playing hard: Young men’s experiences of drinking in inner Melbourne. Journal of Sociology, 53, (2), pp. 398-412. DOI: 10.1177/1440783316654223 [RJ1111] View web page

Manton, L. and Moore, D. (2016). Gender, intoxication and the developing brain: Problematisations of drinking among young adults in Australian alcohol policy. International Journal of Drug Policy, 31, (5), pp. 153-162. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.10.009 [RJ1095] View web page

Moore, D. (2016). Opinion: Addressing masculinities should be central to future policy debate on alcohol-related violence. Drug and Alcohol Research Connections, June. [UJ212]

Moore, D., Fraser, S., Keane, H., Seear, K. and Valentine, K. (2016). Submission to the review of the Liquor Control Reform Act 1998. [R304]

Moore, D., Fraser, S., Keane, H., Seear, K. and Valentine, K. (2016). Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry Into the Need for a Nationally-Consistent Approach to Alcohol-Fuelled Violence. [R287]

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

Hart, A., C. and Moore, D. (2014). Alcohol and alcohol effects: Constituting causality in alcohol epidemiology. Contemporary Drug Problems, 41, (3), pp. 393-416. DOI: 10.1177/009145091404100306 [RJ965] View web page