Substance use and mental health problems in young Australians


  1. Professor George Patton
  2. Professor John Toumbourou
  3. Dr Sophie Reid
  4. Mr Phil Greenwood
  5. Ms Carolyn Coffey


In conjunction with the Centre for Adolescent Health, the National Drug Research Institute and the Social Development Research Group (Seattle, USA), the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute undertook a critical analysis of four existing data sets focused on adolescent and young adult alcohol use and abuse: the Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study; the Gatehouse Project; the Victorian Adolescent Health and Well-being Survey; and the International Youth Development Study.

This research addresses key questions around the development of alcohol problems, their prevention, clinical practice and policy in relation to youth.


The findings of this analysis advanced the understanding of collaborating partners in the following areas: the profile of drinking in young Australians; the factors that predispose young Australians to heavy drinking; and the consequences of heavy drinking in young adulthood.

FARE continues to fund and undertake research that contributes to the knowledge-base about alcohol harms and strategies to reduce them.

This research is used to inform our approach to evidence-based alcohol policy development, ensuring that the solutions we are advocating for are informed by research. FARE’s research is also often quoted by governments, other not-for-profit organisations and researchers in public discussions about alcohol, demonstrating that FARE is seen as a leading source of information.

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