Data sources

This section outlines range of data sources that councils can use to indicate alcohol consumption, alcohol-related harm, licensed venues, social, economic, crime and treatment statistics on a local level.

Data sources have been provided according to local, Victorian, Australian and international level. When using this page please be aware of which level of data you are viewing:

Local government level data

Alcohol consumption

  • VicHealth Indicators Report 2015 – selected findings include the following topic areas:
    • subjective wellbeing
    • perceptions of safety
    • mental wellbeing
    • gender equality in relationships
    • physical activity
    • sedentary behaviour at work
    • healthy eating
    • alcohol
  • VicHealth LGA profiles provides a snapshot of wellbeing indicators collected in the VicHealth Indicators survey for each Local Government Area.
  • Victorian Population Health Survey 2015 – Modifiable risk factors contributing to chronic disease in Victoriaprovides alcohol consumption data at region and local council area level. This report includes alcohol consumption for lifetime risk of alcohol-related harm (long-term harm) and risk of alcohol-related injury on a single occasion (short-term harm).
  • “Explore your data” is a website specifically designed for health planners to enable exploration of all the demographic variables available from the VicHealth Indicator survey. Note: this website does not work with Internet Explorer and does not offer any indication of statistical significance of variance, hence results need to be interpreted cautiously.
  • “Health Snapshot” is a consumer-facing website for the VicHealth Indicator Survey, where the general public can input personal information and see how their health and wellbeing compares with others in their LGA and the general Victorian population.
  • Community Indicators provides local level data about a range of community wellbeing measures including risky consumption of alcohol.
  • Social Health Atlas provides estimated number of people aged 15+ who consume more than two drinks per day on average.

Alcohol harms

  • Turning Point AODstats highlights the following alcohol related statistics for Victoria and local government areas:
    • Emergency department presentations and rates
    • Hospitalisations events and rates
    • Ambulance attendances and rates
    • Alcohol and drug treatment service (ADIS) episode of care and rate
    • Death events and rates
    • Serious Road Injury events and rates
    • Assaults High Alcohol Hours events and rates
    • Family violence incidents and rate
  • City of Greater Dandenong’s Social statistics provides a range of postcode specific information about social conditions in Victorian Local Government Areas. This is in relation to family violence, drink driving and alcohol related hospital admissions, alcohol related mortality and alcohol related ambulance attendances.

Licensed venues

  • Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation’s (VCGLR) Interactive Licensed Venues Mapis a searchable map that locates gambling and liquor venues across metropolitan and regional Victoria. Data can be broken down into the following categories:
    • BYO Permit
    • Full Club Licence
    • General Licence
    • Late night (general) Licence
    • Late night (on-premises) Licence
    • Late night (packaged liquor) Licence
    • Limited Licence
    • On-Premises Licence
    • Packaged Liquor Licence
    • Pre-retail Licence
    • Restaurant and cafe Licence
    • Wine and Beer Producer's Licence
    • Restricted Club Licence

A description of each licence category can be found on the VCGLR website.

VCGLR’s Victorian liquor licenses by location shows a monthly record of the active liquor licences in Victoria, broken down by local government area, suburb and postcode.

Social statistics

  • VicHealth Indicators focuses on social determinants of health including, mental health and wellbeing, wellbeing and safety and alcohol.
  • Community Indicators provides local level data about a range of community wellbeing measures including employment, income, inclusion, financial stress and social support.
  • City of Greater Dandenong’s Social statistics provides a range of postcode information about social conditions in Victorian Local Government Areas. This includes social disadvantage, employment, health status and education.

Economic statistics

  • id.com.au provides information for all LGAs covering the following areas:
  • Community profiles
  • Economic profiles
  • Social atlases
  • VicHealth 2011 indicators provides data about alcohol purchasing and the amount spent on alcohol in the last 7 days for each LGA.

Crime statistics

  • Crime Statistics Agency’s Crime by location provides information about a range of different crimes including drug offences, public order and security offences, crimes against the person and property offences.
  • customised data request can be submitted to the Crime Statistics Agency.

Treatment

Turning Point’s AODstats highlights the alcohol and drug treatment service (ADIS) episodes of care and rate for Victoria and local government areas.

Victorian level data

This section outlines a range of state alcohol related data that can support Council’s action to address alcohol related harm including alcohol consumption, alcohol related harm, licensed venues, social, economic, crime and treatment statistics.

Alcohol consumption

Alcohol harms

  • Turning Point's AODstats highlights the following alcohol related statistics for Victoria and local government areas:
    • Emergency department presentations and rates
    • Hospitalisations events and rates
    • Ambulance attendances and rates
    • Alcohol and drug treatment service (ADIS) episode of care and rate
    • Death events and rates
    • Serious Road Injury events and rates
    • Assaults High Alcohol Hours events and rates
    • Family violence incidents and rate
  • The Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education’s The state of play: Alcohol in Victoria provides a summary of availability and sale of alcohol in Victoria, alcohol trends and alcohol related harm.
  • City of Greater Dandenong’s Social statistics provides a range of information about social conditions in Victorian Local Government Areas. This is in relation to family violence, drink driving and alcohol related hospital admissions, alcohol related mortality and alcohol related ambulance attendances.

Licensed venues

  • Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation’s (VCGLR) Interactive Licensed Venues Map is a searchable map that locates gambling and liquor venues across metropolitan and regional Victoria. Data can be broken down into the following categories:
    • BYO Permit
    • Full Club Licence
    • General Licence
    • Late night (general) Licence
    • Late night (on-premises) Licence
    • Late night (packaged liquor) Licence
    • Limited Licence
    • On-Premises Licence
    • Packaged Liquor Licence
    • Pre-retail Licence
    • Restaurant and cafe Licence
    • Wine and Beer Producer's Licence
    • Restricted Club Licence
  • VCGLR’s Victorian liquor licences by location shows a monthly record of the active liquor licences in Victoria, broken down by local government area, suburb and postcode.
  • VCGLR’s Victorian liquor licenses by category shows a monthly record of the number of liquor licences active in Victoria, arranged by licence category. 
  • VCGLR’s Victorian liquor licences by location shows a monthly record of the active liquor licences in Victoria, broken down by local government area, suburb and postcode.

Social statistics

  • VicHealth Indicators focuses on social determinants of health including, mental health and wellbeing, wellbeing and safety and alcohol.
  • Community Indicators provides local level data about a range of community wellbeing measures including employment, income, inclusion, financial stress, social support.
  • City of Greater Dandenong’s Social statistics provides a range of information about social conditions in Victorian Local Government Areas. This includes social disadvantage, employment, health status and education.

Economic statistics

  • VicHealth 2011 indicators provide data about alcohol purchasing and the amount spent on alcohol in the last 7 days.
  • Community Indicators provides data about a range of community wellbeing measures including employment, income, inclusion, financial stress, social support.

Crime statistics

  • Crime statistics agency Latest Crime data (2016) provides recorded crime statistics such as offences, alleged offenders, victim reports and family incidents for Victoria.
  • Turning Point’s AODstats highlights the number and rates of assaults during high alcohol hours.

Treatment

Australian level data

This section outlines a range of Australian alcohol related data that can support Council’s action to address alcohol related harm.

Alcohol consumption

Alcohol harms

  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Australia’s Health profiles current health issues around alcohol and alcohol related harm.
  • Australian Medical Association (2009). Alcohol use and harm provides information about alcohol related harm in Australia.
  • World Health Organization Australia’s Country profile 2014 Australia’s country profile outlines Australian’s drinking levels and patterns, health consequences and policy responses.

Licensed venues

Support for policy

  • The Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education Annual Alcohol Poll 2016 outlines Australian’s drinking habits and perspectives on alcohol, examining what we drink and what we think about alcohol; our awareness of alcohol’s harm, our concerns about the problem, and our support for a range of policy solutions.

Social statistics

  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics provides a range of social statistics such as:
  • The Census
  • Topics at a Glance - People

Economic statistics

The Foundation of Alcohol Research and Education About alcohol’s $36 Billion cost provides a snapshot about the estimated cost of alcohol related harm. More information about these costs to individuals and society can be found in:

  • Laslett, A-M et al (2010) The Range and Magnitude of Alcohol’s Harm to Others. Fitzroy, Victoria: AER Centre for Alcohol Policy Research,Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Eastern Health.
  • D.J. Collins and H.M. Lapsley (2008) The Costs of Tobacco, Alcohol and Illicit Drug Abuse to Australian Society in 2004/05: Summary version
  • D.J. Collins and H.M. Lapsley (2008) The Costs of Tobacco, Alcohol and Illicit Drug Abuse to Australian Society in 2004/05
  • D.J. Collins and H.M. Lapsley (2008). The avoidable costs of alcohol abuse in Australia and the potential benefits of effective policies to reduce the social costs of alcohol.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics also provide the following information:

  • Household Income and Wealth, Australia, 2013-14 
  • Household Wealth and Wealth Distribution 2011-12

Crime statistics

  • Australian Institute of Criminology Statistics provides a range of national criminal statistics such as illicit drug offences, violence crime such as assault and family/domestic violence statistics.
  • National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction. National Alcohol and Drug Knowledgebase: Alcohol – Crime and Violence.

Treatment

  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) (2015). Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 2013–14 provides information about the episodes of care for AOD services across Australia.
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Trends in alcohol availability, use and treatment 2003–04 to 2014–15This report indicates patterns over time in the availability and use of alcohol and treatment for alcohol related issues.

International Level Data

This section provides information about international alcohol related data such as alcohol consumption, harms and international alcohol policy.

Alcohol consumption and harms