21 Dec, 2011 Last updated: 15 Nov, 2014

This report by University of Melbourne provides interesting evidence that access to an increased number of alcohol outlets within a neighborhood is associated with a higher risk of drinking at hazardous levels.

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The Victorian Lifestyle and Neighbourhood Environment Study (VicLANES) collected detailed information about alcohol consumption patterns from over 2500 participants in 21 local government areas within 20km of the Melbourne CBD. Consumption, availability and price of 70 different alcoholic beverages were recorded, providing evidence that access to an increased number of alcohol outlets is associated with a higher risk of drinking at hazardous levels.

The report overviews the current literature, presents the main findings from the analysis and makes recommendations for future research and policy.