A new report by Turning Point and VicHealth into the concentration of liquor outlets concludes that the poorest areas of Victoria have up to six times more bottle shops than wealthier neighbourhoods.
Download: Using geocoded liquor licensing data (2.53MB)
Researchers used census data to rank 10 rural and regional and 10 metropolitan areas by level of social disadvantage. They then compared those areas with liquor licensing data from 1991 to 2008. The report’s authors say their findings are cause for concern given that increased availability of alcohol is associated with increases in health and social problems.