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Patterns and trends of alcohol abuse within the Vietnamese community in Melbourne

This research program sought to comprehensively investigate and analyse the patterns of alcohol consumption; reasons for drinking alcohol and the context of its use; the effects of drinking alcohol and any associated problems such as debt, gambling, drink-driving, and violence; and the associated health and well-being of the Vietnamese community of Melbourne.

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The Australian alcohol treatment outcome measure

The aim of this project was to develop and test a suitable standard tool ‘the Australian Alcohol Treatment Outcome Measure’ (AATOM) to measure the outcome of alcohol treatment to serve the needs of health professionals and their clients, policy makers, funding bodies, and the research community.

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Drink driving behaviour and alcohol-related disorders: Their antecedents and contribution to driver’s licence restriction, suspension and loss

This project examines the relationship between a range of family-related influences, alcohol use, and drink-driving behaviour in young adulthood.

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Social meanings of alcohol misuse among young adults in recreational settings

The study found that while there was widespread acceptance of a ‘culture of intoxication’ amongst young adults, the findings also suggested that they were well aware of alcohol-related harms, often on the basis of first-hand experience. This fundamentally experiential approach needs to be recognised in public health strategies, for messages that are discordant with the views of young adults are likely to be ineffective. It also suggests that peer education could be an effective public health approach.

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Building Indigenous research workforce capacity

The original objectives of this project were to create a three-year research internship for an Indigenous graduate; to provide the intern with ‘on-the-job’ research training in both a national research institution and an Indigenous community-controlled substance misuse agency; to enable the intern to manage a research project, and to undertake two or three other projects in his or her own right; and to equip him or her to embark upon a career in the alcohol and other drugs field.

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Pouring practices of 65 to 74 year old current drinkers: Implications for drinking guidelines and estimates of risk

The aims of this study are to identify the pouring practices of older drinkers in relation to standard drinks, how this relates to estimating self-consumption of alcohol, and the implications for drinking guidelines. The study also identifies the differences in pouring practices between men and women.

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Social impact evaluation of the proposed licensed club in Yarrabah

Under an Alcohol Management Plan, the sole source for purchasing alcohol in Yarrabah, near Cairns in North Queensland, was a takeaway facility permitted to sell beer, premixed spirit drinks and wine.

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Does moderate drinking prevent heart disease? A meta-analysis and re-estimation of alcohol-caused mortality in Australia

Most long-term studies on drinking alcohol have found that light-drinkers are less likely to die prematurely than abstainers. This study re-assesses the effects of moderate alcohol consumption on health and mortality.

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Social Norms Analysis Project (SNAP) research report

This project was carried out in conjunction with a range of project partners including the Tasmanian Police, the Tasmanian Department of Education and Health, and Human Services Tasmania. The project aims to reduce risky drinking and alcohol-related harm among young people in four rural Tasmanian communities.

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Alcohol and other drug use: Attitudes and knowledge amongst six CALD communities in Sydney

The Drug and Alcohol Multicultural Education Centre (DAMEC) conducted follow-up studies on a similar mid-1990’s study regarding the use of, attitudes towards, and knowledge of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD) among six culturally and linguistically diverse communities: Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Italian, Pasifika and Arabic-speaking.