Changing the density of alcohol outlets to reduce alcohol-related problems

Authors

  • MICHAEL LIVINGSTON BAppSc(Maths)/BArts (Criminology)Hons,

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    1. AER Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Melbourne, Australia
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      Michael Livingston BAppSc(Maths)/BArts (Criminology)Hons, Research Fellow, AER Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Melbourne, Australia

  • TANYA CHIKRITZHS BA(Hons), Postgrad Dip Hlthsc, PhD,

    1. National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
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      Tanya Chikritzhs BA(Hons), Postgrad Dip Hlthsc, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University of Technology, Australia

  • ROBIN ROOM PhD

    1. AER Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Melbourne, Australia
    2. School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, Australia
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      Robin Room PhD, Professor of Social Alcohol Research, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne and Director, AER Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Melbourne, Australia.


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Abstract

Increasingly, it seems, legal and political debates regarding the granting of new liquor licences are turning to the issue of whether the number and density of alcohol outlets makes a difference in rates of alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harm. But what is the state of the evidence on this question? In this Harm Reduction Digest Livingston, Chikritzhs and Room review the research literature on the effects of density of alcohol sales outlets on alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems; suggest a new way of conceptualising the relationships; and discuss the implications for reducing alcohol-related harm.

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