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FARE supports, funds and undertakes research to contribute to the knowledge base on a range of alcohol harms and the best strategies to reduce them. Research informs our approach to ensure the solutions we advocate for are based on the best available evidence.

You can read some of the latest research papers below, or use the search bar to find papers on a particular topic.

Latest research papers

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Alcohol advertising on social media platforms – A 1-year snapshot

To shed light on the current placement of online advertising by alcohol companies, we have developed methods to document alcohol advertising on Meta social media platforms. This report presents initial findings from a study monitoring these adverts. It provides an early illustration of the amount and type of advertising alcohol producers, retailers and venues are disseminating on the Meta ecosystem.

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Alcohol-induced deaths in Australia

in 2021, 1,559 people in Australia died of an alcohol-induced death, such as chronic conditions like liver cirrhosis or acute conditions such as alcohol poisoning. Alcohol-induced deaths were recorded at a rate of 5.4 deaths for every 100,000 people living in Australia – the highest rate reported in 10 years.

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The Australian wine tax regime: Assessing industry claims

This report explores the veracity of claims made by segments of the wine industry on the potential impacts of possible alcohol taxation reform scenarios. The proposal by the Henry Tax Review to move from the current ad valorem tax on wine, referred to as the Wine Equalisation Tax (WET), to a volumetric tax, has been fiercely challenged by some in the wine industry. To back up its opposition to the change, the Wine Federation of Australia (WFA) produced estimates of the job losses and declines in sales.

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Annual alcohol poll 2011

In January 2011, Galaxy Research was commissioned by FARE to conduct the annual study into attitudes and behaviours. In addition to the key objectives, the 2011 poll also sought to gain an understanding of community awareness of the risks associated with alcohol misuse, and determine how alcohol impacts on local communities.

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Preventing relapse: Develop and evaluate a responsible drinking program for clients who have undergone intensive drug rehabilitation

The aim of this study is to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of an alcohol intervention program (AIP) for participants who are undergoing treatment for drug dependence. The alcohol intervention program it uses is based on an adapted version of the Alcohol Skills Training Program (ASTP) which is an evidence-based intervention developed for college students in the USA by Professor Alan Marlatt and his colleagues.

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Kalgoorlie alcohol action project

The aim of this project was to form a partnership with government and non-government agencies to implement a whole-community plan to reduce alcohol misuse within the region.

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The range and magnitude of alcohol’s harm to others

This study represents a sustained and comprehensive effort to quantify alcohols harm to others. It draws on and analyses a wide variety of existing and newly developed data, including a national survey of more than 2,600 Australians aged 18 or older conducted in 2008.

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Researching people with problematic alcohol consumption and mental health and cognitive disabilities in the criminal justice system

This randomised trial of adolescents presenting to hospital emergency departments in Perth with problems related to alcohol or other drug use, used the then recently implemented system of linking records in hospitals and medical practices in Western Australia. The aim of this research was to validate the use of hospital record linkage procedures as a method of collecting follow-up data and to use this methodology to assemble outcome data on the study cohort.

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Sex, drugs, and backpacking

This pilot study investigates the behaviours of international backpacking travellers, with a focus on their alcohol consumption and risk taking—particularly sexual risk taking-behaviours.

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