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Curtin University
National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

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Dr Wenbin Liang

Research Fellow

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Introduction

Wenbin Liang is an experienced epidemiologist and statistician in the field of medicine, healthcare, epidemiology and biostatistics. Wenbin has published more than 50 original research papers, review papers and comments in leading medical and public health journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet and Stroke.

Qualifications

  • PhD Public Health, Epidemiology, Curtin University
  • MPH Public Health, Curtin University
  • MBBS Medicine, Guangdong Medical College

Research Interests

  • Chronic disease prevention and treatment
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Monitoring alcoholic related harms
  • Statistical modelling

Editorial

  • Assistant Editor, Addiction

Current projects

  • The N-ICE trial: A randomised controlled trial of the safety and efficacy of N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) as a pharmacotherapy for methamphetamine ('ice') dependence Details
  • Young Australians Alcohol Reporting System 2016-2017 Details
  • Pub extended trading hours: Effects on drunkenness and alcohol-related harm Details
  • Investigating the impact of liquor superstores in Western Australia Details
  • Substance Use, Mental disorders and physical illness in childhood and early adulthood Details
  • Modelling the public health and safety impacts of liquor licensing changes on communities: enhancing evidence-based liquor licensing decisions Details

Publications

Chih, H. and Liang, W. (2017). Effect of unaffordable medical need on distress level of family member: analyses of 1997–2013 United States National Health Interview Surveys. BMC Psychiatry. DOI: 10.1186/s12888-017-1483-z [RJ1365] Paper

Hobday, M., Gordon, E., Lensvelt, E., Meuleners, L., Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2017). Distance travelled to purchase alcohol and the mediating effect of price. Public Health, 144, pp. 48-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2016.11.019 [RJ1179] Paper

Lam, T., Chikritzhs, T.N., Liang, W. and Allsop, S. (2017). Parental alcohol supply at school leavers’ celebrations and other peer-based social events. Journal of Substance Use, 22, (5), pp. 516-523. DOI: 10.1080/14659891.2016.1259365 [RJ1054] Paper

Naimi, T.S., Stockwell, T.R., Zhao, J., Xuan, Z., Dangardt, F., Saitz, R., Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2017). Selection biases in observational studies affect associations between 'moderate' alcohol consumption and mortality. Addiction, 112, (2), pp. 207–214. DOI: 10.1111/add.13451 [RJ1337] Paper

Gilmore, W., Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2016). The Wild West: Associations between mining and violence in Western Australia. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 24, (2), pp. 136-143. DOI: 10.1111/ajr.12228 [RJ1079] Paper

Hobday, M., Gordon, E., Lensvelt, E., Meuleners, L., Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2016). The effect of price increases on predicted alcohol purchasing decisions and choice to substitute. Addiction Research & Theory. DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2016.1155563 [RJ1178] Paper

Hobday, M., Meuleners, L., Liang, W., Gilmore, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2016). Associations between alcohol outlets and emergency department injury presentations: Effects of distance from the central business district. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 40, (1), pp. 43-48. DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12492 [RJ1126] Paper

Jongenelis, M., Pettigrew, S., Pratt, I.S., Chikritzhs, T.N., Slevin, T. and Liang, W. (2016). Predictors and outcomes of drinkers' use of protective behavioral strategies. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 30, (6), pp. 639-647. DOI: 10.1037/adb0000194 [RJ1241] Paper

Jongenelis, M., Pettigrew, S., Wakefield, M., Slevin, T., Pratt, I.S., Chikritzhs, T.N. and Liang, W. (2016). Investigating single- versus multiple-source approaches to communicating health messages via an online simulation. American Journal of Health Promotion. DOI: 10.1177/0890117116673819 [RJ1327] Paper

Lensvelt, E., Gilmore, W., Gordon, E., Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2016). Trends in estimated alcohol-attributable assault hospitalisations in Australia 2003/04 to 2012/13. National Alcohol Indicators Project, Bulletin No. 15. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. [R291] Paper Abstract

Lensvelt, E., Liang, W., Gilmore, W., Gordon, E., Hobday, M. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2016). The effect of the Australian ‘alcopops tax’ on alcohol-related emergency department presentations for injury in two states. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 77, (5), pp. 730-739. DOI: 10.15288/jsad.2016.77.730 [RJ1159] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2016). Alcohol use disorders hospitalizations over the last two decades: a population-based cohort study. Internal Medicine Journal, 46, (3), pp. 301-306. DOI: 10.1111/imj.12980 [RJ1182] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2016). The Effect of Age on Fracture Risk: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Journal of Aging Research. DOI: 10.1155/2016/5071438 [RJ1251] Paper

Liang, W., Gilmore, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2016). The effect of short-term alcohol restriction on risk of alcohol-related injury: A state wide population-based study. International Journal of Drug Policy, 28, pp. 55-59. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2015.11.007 [RJ1160] Paper

Pettigrew, S., Jongenelis, M., Glance, D., Chikritzhs, T.N., Pratt, I.S., Slevin, T., Liang, W. and Wakefield, M. (2016). The effect of cancer warning statements on alcohol consumption intentions. Health Education Research, 31, pp. 60-69. DOI: 10.1093/her/cyv067 [RJ1199] Paper

Pettigrew, S., Jongenelis, M., Pratt, I.S., Liang, W., Slevin, T., Chikritzhs, T.N. and Glance, D. (2016). Australian drinkers’ perceptions of alcohol-related risk by consumption status. Addiction Research & Theory. DOI: 10.1080/16066359.2016.1175557 [RJ1326] Paper

Chikritzhs, T.N., Stockwell, T.R., Naimi, T.S., Andreasson, S., Dangardt, F. and Liang, W. (2015). Has the leaning tower of presumed health benefits from ‘moderate’ alcohol use finally collapsed? (Editorial). Addiction, 110, (5), pp. 726-727. DOI: 10.1111/add.12828 [RJ1064] Paper

Gilmore, W., Liang, W., Catalano, P., Pascal, R., Broyd, A., Lensvelt, E., Kirby, G. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2015). Off-site outlets and alcohol-related harm. National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund, Canberra. [M93] Paper

Hobday, M., Chikritzhs, T.N., Liang, W. and Meuleners, L. (2015). The effect of alcohol outlets, sales and trading hours on alcohol-related injuries presenting at emergency departments in Perth, Australia, from 2002 to 2010. Addiction, 110, (12), pp. 1901-1909. DOI: 10.1111/add.13063 [RJ1133] Paper

Lensvelt, E., Gilmore, W., Gordon, E., Hobday, M., Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2015). Trends in estimated alcohol-related emergency department presentations in Australia, 2005-06 to 2011-12. National Alcohol Indicators Project, Bulletin No. 14. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Perth. [R279] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2015). Age at first use of alcohol predicts the risk of heavy alcohol use in early adulthood: A longitudinal study in the United States. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26, (2), pp. 131-134. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.07.001 [RJ1036] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2015). Examining the relationship between heavy alcohol use and assaults: With adjustment for the effects of unmeasured confounders. BioMed Research International, 2015. DOI: 10.1155/2015/596179 [RJ1080] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2015). Weekly and daily cycle of alcohol use among the U.S. general population. Injury, 46, (5), pp. 898-901. DOI: 10.1016/j.injury.2015.01.029 [RJ1065] Paper

Liang, W., Chikritzhs, T.N. and Lee, A.H. (2015). Lifestyle of young Australian adults with asthma. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 27, (2), pp. NP248-NP254. DOI: 10.1177/1010539512439229 [RJ824] Paper

Zhao, Y., Connors, C., Lee, A.H. and Liang, W. (2015). Relationship between primary care visits and hospital admissions in remote Indigenous patients with diabetes: A multivariate spline regression model. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 108, (1), pp. 106-112. DOI: 10.1016/j.diabres.2015.01.013 [RJ1066] Paper

Chan, A., McGregor, S. and Liang, W. (2014). Utilisation of primary and secondary G-CSF prophylaxis enables maintenance of optimal dose delivery of standard adjuvant chemotherapy for early breast cancer: An analysis of 1655 patients. Breast, 23, pp. 676-682. DOI: 10.1016/j.breast.2014.07.004 [RJ1037] Paper

Chikritzhs, T.N., Naimi, T.S., Stockwell, T.R. and Liang, W. (2014). Mendelian randomization meta-analysis sheds doubt on protective effects of “moderate” alcohol consumption on coronary heart disease. Evidence Based Medicine, 20, (1), pp. 38. DOI: 10.1136/ebmed-2014-110086 [RJ1038] Paper

Lam, T., Liang, W., Chikritzhs, T.N. and Allsop, S. (2014). Alcohol and other drug use at school leavers' celebrations. Journal of Public Health, 36, (3), pp. 408-416. DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdt087 [RJ922] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2014). Alcohol consumption during adolescence and risk of diabetes in young adulthood. BioMed Research International, 2014. DOI: 10.1155/2014/795741 [RJ975] Paper

Liang, W., Zhao, Y. and Lee, A.H. (2014). A proxy outcome approach for causal effect in observational studies: A simulation study. BioMed Research International, 2014. DOI: 10.1155/2014/872435 [RJ989] Paper

Liang, W., Zhao, Y. and Lee, A.H. (2014). An investigation of the significance of residual confounding effect. BioMed Research International, 2014. DOI: 10.1155/2014/658056 [RJ988] Paper

Pettigrew, S., Jongenelis, M., Chikritzhs, T.N., Slevin, T., Pratt, I.S., Glance, D. and Liang, W. (2014). Developing cancer warning statements for alcoholic beverages. BMC Public Health, 14, (786). DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-14-786 [RJ1035] Paper

Chikritzhs, T.N. and Liang, W. (2013). Commentary on Naimi et al: Fishy Curves: A case of bias and confounding? Addiction, 108, (9), pp. 1548-1549. DOI: 10.1111/add.12145 [RJ927] Paper

Liang, W. (2013). Evaluating Epidemiological Evidence: A Simple Test. International Journal of Medical Sciences, 10, pp. 1459-61. DOI: 10.7150/ijms.6455 [RJ938] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2013). Age at First Use of Alcohol and Risk of Heavy Alcohol Use: A Population-Based Study. BioMed Research International, 2013, pp. 5 pages. DOI: 10.1155/2013/721761 [RJ967] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2013). Alcohol consumption and health status of family members: health impacts without ingestion. Internal Medicine Journal. DOI: 10.1111/imj.12041 [RJ882] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2013). Asthma history predicts the risk of affective disorders and anxiety disorders. Health, 5, (2), pp. 313-319. DOI: 10.4236/health.2013.52A042 [RJ886] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2013). Errors in recall of age at first sex. PloS One. [RJ923]

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2013). Motives for romantic relationships and the risk of heavy alcohol use, regular smoking and cannabis use during adolescence and early adulthood: a longitudinal study. Open Journal of Internal Medicine, 3, (2), pp. 23-29. DOI: 10.4236/ojim.2013.32006 [RJ911] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2013). Observational research on alcohol use and chronic disease outcome, new approaches to counter biases. The Scientific World Journal, 2013. DOI: 10.1155/2013/860915 [RJ925] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2013). Sleep duration and its links to psychological distress, health status, physical activity and body mass index among a large representative general population sample. International Journal of Clinical Medicine (IJCM), 4, (1), pp. 45-51. DOI: 10.4236/ijcm.2013.41010 [RJ885] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2013). The association between alcohol exposure and self-reported health status: The effect of separating former and current drinkers. PloS One, 8, (2). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0055881 [RJ884] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2013). The association between hospitalization for asthma in childhood and alcohol use disorder hospitalization during adolescence and early adulthood among males in an Australian birth cohort. Journal of Asthma. [RJ924]

Liang, W. and Lee, A.H. (2013). Effects of green tea on cognitive function and emotions: emerging evidence. In Wu, W. (ed.) Green Tea: Varieties, Production and Health Benefits. Nova Science Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-62257-562-6 [CH182]

Pascal, R., Liang, W., Gilmore, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2013). Risks of alcohol-attributable hospitalisation and death in Australia over time: Evidence of divergence by region, age and sex. Australasian Medical Journal, 6, (3), pp. 134-151. DOI: 10.4066/AMJ.2013.1618 [RJ903] Paper

Chikritzhs, T.N. and Liang, W. (2012). Does the 2008 NATSISS underestimate the prevalence of high risk Indigenous drinking? In Hunter, B. and Biddle, N. (eds.) Survey Analysis for Indigenous Policy in Australia: Social Science Perspectives. Research monograph no. 32. ISBN: 9781922144188 [CH190] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2012). Asthma and injury risk: a large scale population-based study. International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 3, pp. 394-399. DOI: 10.4236/ijcm.2012.35074 [RJ864] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2012). Childhood hospitalisations for physical disease and risk of mental disorders during adolescence and early adulthood. Adolescent Psychiatry, 2, (3), pp. 263-270. [RJ852]

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2012). Childhood mental disorders and risk of schizophrenia. American Medical Journal, 3, pp. 43-46. [RJ848]

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2012). Early childhood infections and risk of schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.202.06.007 [RJ851] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2012). Family history of cancer and smoking cessation, is there a role for physicians? International Journal of Clinical Medicine (IJCM), 03, pp. 9-13. [RJ826]

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2012). Pattern of mental health service use and risk of injury: a longitudinal study. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2, (1), pp. 98-104. [RJ823]

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2012). The association between age at first use of alcohol and alcohol consumption levels among adult general drinking population. Journal of Public Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10389-012-0502-2 [RJ833] Paper

Liang, W., Chikritzhs, T.N. and Lee, A.H. (2012). Modest time dependent misclassification in recalling age at first use of alcohol and tobacco. Contemporary Drug Problems. [RJ825]

Chih, H. and Liang, W. (2011). Lifestyles and migraine attack. American Medical Journal, 2, (2), pp. 111-118. [RJ827]

Lenton, S., Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2011). Evidence of increasing age of onset of cannabis use among younger Australian. Addiction. DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03673.x [RJ797] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2011). Affective disorders, anxiety disorders and the risk of alcohol dependence and misuse. British Journal of Psychiatry, 199, (3), pp. 219-24. [RJ789]

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2011). Brief report: marital status and alcohol consumption behaviours. Journal of Substance Use. DOI: 10.3109/14659891.2010.538463 [RJ765] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2011). Does light alcohol consumption during pregnancy improve offspring’s cognitive development? Medical Hypotheses. DOI: 10.1016/j.mehy.2011.09.043 [RJ800] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2011). Moderate alcohol consumption and risk of coronary heart disease. American Journal of Cardiology, 107, (6), pp. 957. DOI: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2010.12.002 [RJ781] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2011). Obstetric conditions and risk of first ever mental health contact during infancy, childhood and adolescence. Midwifery. DOI: 10.1016/j.midw.2011.06.003 [RJ798] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2011). Reduction in alcohol consumption and health status. Addiction, 106, (1), pp. 75-81. DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.03164.x [RJ750] Paper

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2011). Revealing the link between licensed outlets and violence: counting venues versus measuring alcohol availability. Drug and Alcohol Review, 30, (5), pp. 524-35. [RJ803] Paper Abstract

Liang, W. and Lee, A.H. (2011). Does childhood asthma increase the risk of mood disorders in later life? American Medical Journal, 2, (2), pp. 93-97. [RJ828]

Liang, W., Chikritzhs, T.N. and Lee, A.H. (2011). Asthma and risk of injury for Australian males aged 6 to 30 years: A population-based birth cohort study. Journal of Asthma, 48, (7), pp. 736-40. [RJ799]

Liang, W., Chikritzhs, T.N. and Lee, A.H. (2011). Is asthma associated with increased risk of injury? Journal of Asthma, 48, (3), pp. 311-315. DOI: 10.3109/02770903.2011.554945 [RJ776] Paper

Liang, W., Chikritzhs, T.N. and Lenton, S. (2011). Affective disorders and anxiety disorders predict the risk of drug harmful use and dependence. Addiction, 106, (6), pp. 1126–1134. DOI: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2011.03362.x [RJ773] Paper

Liang, W., Chikritzhs, T.N., Lenton, S. and Allsop, S. (2011). Does availability of illicit drugs mediate the association between mental illness and substance abuse? Substance Use and Misuse, 46, (10), pp. 1304-1308. DOI: 10.3109/10826084.2011.574769 [RJ779] Paper

Liang, W., Chikritzhs, T.N., Pascal, R. and Binns, C.W. (2011). Mortality rate of alcoholic liver disease and risk of hospitalisation for alcoholic liver cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, and alcoholic liver failure in Australia between 1993 and 2005. Internal Medicine Journal, 41, (1), pp. 34-41. DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2010.02279.x [RJ740] Paper

Liang, W., Lee, A.H. and Binns, C.W. (2011). Dietary intake of minerals and the risk of ischemic stroke: A case-control study in southern China. Preventing Chronic Disease, 8, (2). [RJ742] Paper

Lee, A.H. and Liang, W. (2010). Life-long physical activity involvement and the risk of ischemic stroke in southern China. Stroke Research and Treatment, 2010. DOI: 10.4061/2010/415241 [RJ772] Paper

Lee, A.H., Liang, W., Hirayama, F. and Binns, C.W. (2010). Association Between Green Tea Consumption and Lung Cancer Risk. Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, 43, (4). [RJ759]

Liang, W. (2010). Cyberbullying, Let the Computer Help. Journal of Adolescent Health, 47. [RJ738]

Liang, W. and Binns, C.W. (2010). Estrogen and colorectal cancer. NOVA. ISBN: 978-1-61728-696-4 [CH169]

Liang, W. and Chikritzhs, T.N. (2010). Violence in the night-time economy: availability and amenity. Drug and Alcohol Review. [RJ768]

Liang, W., Chikritzhs, T.N. and Fillmore, K. (2010). Mental disorders the missing piece? Addiction, 105, (8), pp. 1497-1498. [RJ734]

Liang, W., Lee, A.H. and Binns, C.W. (2010). White rice-based food consumption and ischemic stroke risk: A case-control study in southern China. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 19, (6), pp. 480-484. [RJ708]

Welander, F., Schineanu, A., Liang, W. and Midford, R. (2010). Digging for gold and coming up blue: a health survey in the mining industry. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 26, (5), pp. 389-401. [RJ744]

Liang, W., Lee, A.H. and Binns, C.W. (2009). Dietary supplementation by older adults in southern China: A hospital outpatient clinic study. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 9, (39). [RJ709]

Liang, W., Binns, C.W., Jian, L. and Lee, A.H. (2007). Does the consumption of green tea reduce the risk of lung cancer among smokers? Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 4, (1), pp. 17-22. [RJ549]

Non-NDRI Publications

Liang, W. and Binns, C.W. (2009). Fruit, vegetables, and colorectal cancer risk: the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (Letter to the Editor). American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 90, pp. 1112. [RJ]

Liang, W., Binns, C.W. and Lee, A.H. (2009). Computerised clinical decision support in rural China. Lancet, 373, (9657), pp. 30. [RJ]

Liang, W., Lee, A.H. and Binns, C.W. (2009). Habitual physical activity reduces risk of ischemic stroke: A case-control study in southern China. Cerebrovascular Diseases. [RJ]

Liang, W., Lee, A.H. and Binns, C.W. (2009). Soy consumption reduces risk of ischemic stroke: A case-control study in southern China. Neuroepidemiology, 33, (2), pp. 111-116. [RJ]

Liang, W., Lee, A.H. and Binns, C.W. (2009). Tea consumption and ischemic stroke risk: A case-control study in southern China. Stroke, 40, pp. 2480-2485. [RJ]

Liang, W., Lee, A.H. and Binns, C.W. (2009). Tea drinking, diet and ischemic stroke prevention in China: a future perspective. Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy, 7, (11), pp. 1447-1454. [RJ]

Liang, W., Binns, C.W., Lee, A.H., Huang, R. and Hu, D. (2008). The Reliability of Dietary and Lifestyle Information Obtained From Spouses in an Elderly Chinese Population. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 20, (2), pp. 87-93. [RJ]

Liang, W., Huang, R., Lee, A.H., Hu, D. and Binns, C.W. (2008). Hospitalizations for incident stroke in Shunde District, Foshan, South China. Neuroepidemiology, 30, pp. 101-104. [RJ]

Liang, W. (2007). Age, sex and the risk of grade-specific second primary colorectal cancer: evidence for the protective effect of female hormone. European Journal of Cancer, 43, (12), pp. 1856-1861. [RJ]

Liang, W., Lee, A.H. and Binns, C.W. (2007). Are soy foods protective against ischemic stroke? Future Neurology. [RJ]

Liang, W. (2006). Condom use and the risk of HPV infection. The New England Journal of Medicine. [RJ]

Liang, W. (2006). Variation in food quality may threaten the validity of epidemiological studies in China. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. [RJ]