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Exploring men’s risky drinking cultures

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This report examines how Victorian men interact with alcohol, and what challenges they face when it comes to risky drinking.

Download: Exploring men’s risky drinking cultures - Research highlights (PDF, 135 KB)

Download: Exploring men’s risky drinking cultures - Full report (PDF, 1.03 MB)

For some time, the relationship between men’s drinking and masculine social norms has been hypothesised, supported by the fact that men outnumber women in virtually every drinking category used in research (e.g. prevalence of alcohol consumption, incidence of heavy and problem drinking). In Victoria, 40 per cent of men are at risk of short-term harm from alcohol each month, and 14.5 per cent are at very high risk.

VicHealth commissioned research, undertaken by Monash University, to provide insights into factors influencing risky drinking behaviours among four male social worlds:
1. sports players (rural and urban)
2. rural sports supporters
3. hospitality workers
4. corporate workers.

To learn more, watch the video from our insights event below.

Understanding and Changing Men’s Drinking Cultures Insights Event


Artwork by Dexx (Gunditjmara/Boon Wurrung) ‘Mobs Coming Together’ 2022
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Artwork Credit: Dexx (Gunditjmara/Boon Wurrung) ‘Mobs Coming Together’ 2022, acrylic on canvas. Learn more about this artwork.