Binge Drinking and Antisocial and Unlawful Behaviours in Australia

Ou Yang, Xueyan Zhao, Preety Srivastava

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This paper presents individual-level evidence from Australia to examine the factors associated with binge drinking and several alcohol-related antisocial and unlawful behaviours. We study in particular the role of binge drinking in increasing the likelihood of engaging in these negative behaviours. We use individual-level data from a national representative survey and a system econometric model that allows unobservable factors for all negative behaviours to be correlated. Potential misclassification of individuals' drinking pattern is accounted for. We find evidence of under-reporting for bingeing and significant effects of binge drinking on drink-driving, physical and verbal abuse, public disturbance, and stealing and damaging property.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-240
Number of pages19
JournalEconomic Record
Issue number297
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

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