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Curtin University
National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

The public health impacts of liquor outlets on Queensland communities: outlet numbers, alcohol sales and alcohol-related morbidity

Project Team

Principal Investigator:

Professor Tanya Chikritzhs, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Co-investigators:

Dr Wenbin Liang, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University
William Gilmore, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Project

To evaluate the public health impacts of liquor outlets on Queensland communities: outlet numbers, alcohol sales and alcohol-related hospitalisations from acute and chronic causes.

Hypotheses:

(i) The greater the level of alcohol availability within QLD communities, the greater the likelihood of alcohol-related morbidity.

(ii)The association between alcohol availability and alcohol-related morbidity within a community will vary by: type of morbid condition (i.e. long-term vs short-term harm); density of licensed outlets; level and type of alcohol sales; and type of outlet.

(iii)The association between alcohol availability and alcohol-related morbidity within a community will be influenced by the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of the community