Journal article

Alcohol and burden of disease in Australia: the challenge in assessing consumption

Rowan P Ogeil, Robin Room, Sharon Matthews, Belinda Lloyd

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Alcohol consumption is one of the major avoidable risk factors for disease, illness and injury in the Australian community. Population health scientists and economists use estimates of alcohol consumption in burden of disease frameworks to estimate the impact of alcohol on disease, illness and injury. This article highlights challenges associated with estimating alcohol consumption in these models and provides a series of recommendations to improve estimates. METHODS: Key challenges in measuring alcohol consumption at the population level are identified and discussed with respect to how they apply to burden of disease frameworks. RESULTS: Methodological advances and limitations in..

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