Alcohol misuse has long had devastating effects on health and wellbeing in rural and remote communities in Australia, among both Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents.

A report commissioned by Menzies and released in late 2010, showed that the cost per person of alcohol-related harm in the Northern Territory (NT) is more than four times the national level.

The total social costs of alcohol consumption in the NT in 2004-05 were estimated at $641.8 million, including healthcare costs of $39.7 million and costs from road accidents of $36.6 million. This equated to $4197 for each adult in the NT, compared to a national cost of $943 per adult.

Our research focus:
  • To translate research into policy to reduce alcohol related harm
  • To work with communities to improve health care services
  • To work with those directly affected by alcohol misuse
  • To investigate the causes, patterns and impacts of alcohol-related brain impairment.
Our research impact:
  • Developed appropriate evaluation strategies for informed public health policy on substance misuse
  • Evaluated the Alcohol Management Plans for Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and East Arnhem
  • Improved community understanding of alcohol misuse
  • Informed treatment for alcohol misuse and related conditions.
Key staff:
Collaborators:
  • Northern Territory Government
  • Northern Territory Research and Innovation Board
  • Alice Springs Hospital
  • Melbourne University
  • Remote Alcohol and Other Drug Workforce.
  1. d'Abbs, P. (2012). Problematizing alcohol through the eyes of the other: Alcohol policy and Aboriginal drinking in the Northern Territory, Australia. Contemporary Drug Problems, 39(3), 371-396.
  2. Hinton, R., & Nagel, T. (2012). Evaluation of a culturally-adapted training in Indigenous mental health and wellbeing for the alcohol and other drug sector. ISRN Public Health.
  3. Jayaraj, R., Thomas, M., Kavanagh, D., d'Abbs, P., Mayo, L., Thompson, V., Griffin, C.  & Nagel, T. (2012). Study Protocol: Screening and Treatment of Alcohol-Related Trauma (START) - a randomised controlled trial. BMC Health Services Research, 12(1), 371.
  4. Dingwall, K. M., Maruff, P., & Cairney, S. (2011). Similar profile of cognitive impairment and recovery for Aboriginal Australians in treatment for episodic or chronic alcohol use. Addiction, 106(8), 1419-1426.
  5. d'Abbs, P., & Chenhall, R. D. (2013). Spirituality and religion in responses to substance misuse among Indigenous Australians. Substance Use & Misuse, 48, 1-16. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2013.800746
  6. Nagel, T., & Griffin, C. (2010). Promoting Self-management in Indigenous People with Mental Illness and Substance Misuse. International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 15(2), 85-90
  7. d'Abbs, P. (2004). Alignment of the policy planets: behind the implementation of the Northern Territory (Australia) Living With Alcohol programme. [Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't]. Drug and Alcohol Review, 23(1), 55-66. doi: 10.1080/09595230410001645556
  8. d'Abbs, P., & Togni, S. (2000). Liquor licensing and community action in regional and remote Australia: a review of recent initiatives. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 24(1), 45-53.
  9. d'Abbs, P. (1998). Out of sight, out of mind? Licensed clubs in remote Aboriginal communities. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 22(6), 679-684.
  10. d'Abbs, P. (2010). Controlling 'rivers of grog': the challenge of alcohol problems in Australian Indigenous communities. Contemporary Drug Problems, 37, 499-524. 
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  1. Koori Mail | Liquor permit schemes in the spotlight

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    LIQUOR permit schemes in the Northern Territory can be made easier to implement and more accountable to local communities, an NT Government commissioned report has found.

  2. Report urges simpler liquor permit management in communities

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    Liquor permit schemes in the Northern Territory (NT) can be made easier to implement and more accountable to local communities, a NT Government-commissioned report has found.

  3. Seminar to debunk myths on alcohol and pregnancy

    Seminar to debunk myths on alcohol and pregnancy

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    A seminar to inform stakeholders and the media about the prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) will be hosted tomorrow Tuesday, 20 May by the Menzies School of Health Research.

  4. SBS World News: Do banned drinkers' registers work?

    SBS World News: Do banned drinkers' registers work?

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    The Federal and NT governments have been duelling with conflicting claims over whether an alcohol control measure was working and should be reinstated, or whether it was right to be axed.

  5. Study probes answers to memory loss for problem drinkers

    Study probes answers to memory loss for problem drinkers

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    Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) have announced a new project which could have global implications for preventing memory loss and other neurological problems for problem drinkers.