Meeting Rooms 312/313, Level 3, 615 St Kilda Road
, Research Fellow at School of Social Sciences, Monash University
Do Australians party like its payday? Examining the long-run relationship between economic conditions and alcohol use.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, people are more likely to become ill and die during economic good times than during recessions, driven mostly by cyclical fluctuations in a range of health damaging behaviours. However, debates continue to rage about whether alcohol use follows the business cycle in an upward (pro-cyclical) or downward counter-cyclical) direction. This study examines the relationship between economic conditions and alcohol consumption in Australia over the past two centuries and considers the consequences for public health.
Kerry O'Brien, Associate Professor at School of Social Sciences, Monash University
The extent, nature, and impact of alcohol advertising and sponsorship in sport
Along with pricing and availability, stronger restrictions on alcohol advertising and sponsorship in sport have been recommended as one of the most cost effective means of reducing hazardous drinking in young people. We present some recent research from Australia and elsewhere on the extent of alcohol advertising and sponsorship in sport, and its impact on alcohol related cognitions and drinking behaviour. We also argue that there is enough evidence for policy makers to act and strengthen policies and regulations to better protect young people from exposure to alcohol marketing messages when watching sport.