The proposed project will provide critical insight into recent trends in alcohol consumption and related harm
in Australia. Many indicators of harm from alcohol have increased dramatically in the past decade, while
drinking behaviours appear largely unchanged. This study will investigate two potential explanations for these
trends: 1) that apparent increases in rates of alcohol-related harm are driven by operational or administrative
practices rather than by increases in actual harm and 2) that stable per-capita consumption data obscures
divergent drinking behaviours, with increases among heavy drinkers driving increasing harm rates. The study
will directly inform alcohol policy debates, which rely on robust trend data.