Journal article

Alcohol Consumption and Fatal Injuries in Australia Before and After Major Traffic Safety Initiatives: A Time Series Analysis

Heng Jiang, Michael Livingston, Robin Room



BACKGROUND: The associations between population-level alcohol consumption and fatal injuries have been examined in a number of previous studies, but few have considered the external impacts of major policy interventions. This study aims to quantify the associations between per capita alcohol consumption and traffic and nontraffic injury mortality rates in Australia before and after major traffic safety initiatives (the introduction of compulsory seat belt legislation [CSBL] and random breath testing [RBT] in 1970s). METHODS: Using data from 1924 to 2006, gender- and age-specific traffic and nontraffic mortality rates (15 years and above) were analyzed in relation to per capita alcohol consum..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The research was funded by a project grant from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (#566629). The Centre for Alcohol Policy is funded by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), an independent, charitable organization working to prevent the harmful use of alcohol in Australia ( ML is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship. RR's position is supported by the Victoria Department of Health.