Does risk-based licensing of alcohol sales reduce alcohol-related harm?

  • Research program: Alcohol policy and strategies
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: January 2015
  • Expected end date: November 2020
  • Completion date: November 2020
  • Funded by: ARC
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Alcohol-related harm is a major public health and social order issue which requires sophisticated evidence based policy. This project capitalises on a unique window of policy adoption across Australia to investigate the introduction of risk-based licensing schemes for the sale of alcohol, assessing their impacts, identifying modifiable elements and developing policy advice. There is an urgent need for evidence about which interventions are effective, and which of these can survive the political process. It builds on the teams extensive work and unique datasets around alcohol policy and licensed venues to analyse archival data, key stakeholder interviews and venue observations in three states, using the most up-to-date and reliable methods. This ARC grant was awarded in November 2014 and is administered by Deakin University.

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Professor Tanya Chikritzhs
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1609
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Chief Investigator

Alcohol policy and strategies


  • Project staff: Elise Gordon, Curtin University

Miller, P., G., Curtis, A., Graham, K., Kypri, K., Hudson, K. and Chikritzhs, T., N. (2020). Understanding risk-based licensing schemes for alcohol outlets: A key informant perspective. Drug and Alcohol Review, 39, (3), pp. 267-277. DOI: 10.1111/dar.13043 [RJ1587] View web page