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Changing alcohol consumption patterns in Australia: Evidence from the National Health Surveys of 2001 and 2011-12

  • Topic: Changing alcohol consumption patterns in Australia: Evidence from the National Health Surveys of 2001 and 2011-12
  • Speaker:

    Professor Farhat Yusuf AM

  • Venue:Building W5C, Room 303, Macquarie University
  • When: 13th October, 2015, (Tue)
  • Time: 11am - 1pm

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Abstract:

One of my papers recently published in the *Medical Journal of Australia* (Yusuf, F and Leeder S. Making sense of alcohol consumption data in Australia. *MJA*, 203(3): 128-130) revealed that in recent years the alcohol consumption has been increasing in Australia, particularly among the younger people.  This paper received lots of publicity in the media - all positive, except some comments by the alcohol lobby that took an exception to our findings.

The purpose of this presentation is to provide a more detailed analysis of  the alcohol consumption patterns than reported in the above paper.  This  includes not only the detailed characteristics of alcohol-users but also  the type of alcoholic drinks consumed, and prevalence of binge drinking.  Binary  logistic regression modelling has also been used to investigate the  relationships between alcohol consumption, smoking, distress levels and  mental health.

Fahat Yusuf

Most of the analysis used data from two National Health Surveys conducted  by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2001 and 2011-12.  These  surveys were based on two very large and nationally representative  probability samples.
 
Bio
Professor Farhat Yusuf AM is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Marketing and Management at Macquarie University and also an Honorary Professor in the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at the University of Sydney.  His current research interests encompass consumer demographics, epidemiology and public health. His most recent books include *Methods of Demographic Analysis* and *Consumer Demographics and Behaviour* (both co-authored with J. Martins and D. Swanson).

For more information please contact: Ammy Kwong at ammy.kwong@mq.edu.au



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