Minimum purchase age as a strategy to reduce alcohol-related injury

Minimum purchase age as a strategy to reduce alcohol-related injury

Dr Kypros Kypri
School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle

10am-11am, Thursday 25 November 2010

Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW, Sydney (entry off Macquarie St)

Dr Kypros Kypri is an associate professor at the University of Newcastle and holds a research fellowship with the National Health & Medical Research Council. He is behavioural scientist interested in the evaluation of interventions to reduce unhealthy alcohol use and other risk behaviours. He has expertise in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials of behaviour change interventions, quasi-experimental evaluations of policy interventions, and web-based survey methods.

Heavy episodic alcohol consumption is a leading behavioural risk factor for injury and a range of other health and social outcomes including crime. Increasing the minimum purchase or drinking age is being considered in several jurisdictions as a strategy to reduce alcohol consumption in late adolescence. The presentation will examine the research evidence on the effects of changes in the purchase or drinking age with particular reference to New Zealand, where the purchase age was lowered in 1999, and where further legislative change is likely to occur soon.

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