A longitudinal study of influences on alcohol consumption and related harm in Central Australia: with a particular emphasis on the role of price

Aim of the publication

The evidence presented in this study shows that price-related alcohol restrictions have had a significant effect in reducing alcohol consumption, it also shows that price is not the only variable impacting levels of consumption and related-harm. While alcohol control measures are an effective means of reducing consumption and related harm – as endorsed by Australian Governments under the National Drug Strategy www.nationaldrugstrategy.gov.au/, they need to be part of a comprehensive strategy that also aims to reduce harm and demand.

Target audience

The Longitudinal Study completed by the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) in 2012 was undertaken for a ten year period from 2000 – 2010. Evidence from the study will assist policy development within Australian, state and territory governments and the non-government sectors which undergird and deliver relevant services to Indigenous Australians.

Content of the publication

The report discusses and analyses:

  • Contextual background,  trends and key indicators and interventions in alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm in Central Australia;
  • Findings which confirm that;
    • Evidence demonstrates that the most effective of the measures have been those which indirectly increased the average price per litre of alcoholic beverages ie. the removal of lower priced wines from the market;
    • The greatest statistically discernible impact of this reduction in consumption was a reduction in the rates of assaults –and reductions in hospital separations;
  • demand reduction strategies need also to focus on broad-based interventions which address underlying social determinants and support early childhood development, education and employment programs.

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