12 Aug, 2013 Last updated: 15 Nov, 2014

This report presents a statewide overview of packaged liquor supply, utilisation and associated short-term harms in Victoria.

Download: Social harms associated with the sale and supply of packaged liquor in Victoria report (2.3MB)

More than three-quarters (78%) of all alcohol in Australia is bought as packaged liquor for off-premises consumption. Despite the inherent contribution this supply makes to the harms of alcohol consumption, there has been little research examining packaged liquor supply and its consumption and consequences. This paucity of evidence makes it difficult for police and policy makers to develop effective, intelligence-led responses mitigating the harms of packaged liquor.

This report, which was commissioned by the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing through the Victorian Law Enforcement Drug Fund, presents a statewide overview of packaged liquor supply, utilisation and associated short-term harms in Victoria. It comprises five components documenting the contribution of packaged liquor to short-term alcohol-related harms:

  • the background to liquor licensing in Victoria and relevant research investigating packaged liquor, community environments and health outcomes
  • the burden of short-term harm attributable to the consumption of packaged liquor in Victoria
  • packaged liquor consumer beliefs, attitudes and behaviours
  • the current environmental context of packaged liquor sales
  • opportunities for further research.