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Public Call for Evidence on the Health Effects of Alcohol Consumption

Closed on Friday, 13 January 2017, 10:00am (AEDT). Submissions are no longer being accepted.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has commenced an evaluation of the evidence on the health effects of alcohol consumption. The scope of the evidence evaluation covers the short and long term health risks and benefits of alcohol consumption, including various levels and patterns of drinking, in order to allow individuals to make informed decisions regarding their drinking habits.

NHMRC has appointed a contractor to conduct an independent evaluation of the evidence. The process will follow international standards that systematically search for, select and evaluate studies.

To ensure that the Guidelines accurately reflect the latest evidence on drinking alcohol and health outcomes, the Australian community is invited to provide citations of relevant published studies on the health risks and/ or benefits of alcohol consumption, in the general population and during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Publications will need to satisfy the below requirements to be eligible for consideration:

  • Published after 1 January 2007.
  • Be based on scientific research (i.e. data that has been systematically collected and analysed).
  • Be publically available and published in English.
  • Available as full text article in peer reviewed journal.
  • Report on changes to one or more health outcomes at different levels of exposure (i.e. frequency or amount of alcohol consumption).

Publications that will not be considered include:

  • Studies published before 1 January 2007are outside the scope for this evaluation as they have been previously considered in the 2009 Guidelines available at: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/ds10; and
  • Literature that does not describe a research study or a systematic review of research (primary studies) e.g. opinion pieces, personal stories, medical records, raw data, narrative reviews, case series or case report.

How NHMRC will manage submissions

Public submissions received via the online form will be provided to the Project Team and will serve as a record of what the Australian community identifies as relevant research evidence (published studies).

Submissions that are considered relevant and in scope will be retrieved by the Project Team for evaluation and contribute to the body of evidence informing the Guidelines. Studies identified by the community will be evaluated in exactly the same way as those identified by the independent contractor.

Further information on the 2009 Guidelines revision and the Alcohol Working Committee can be found on NHMRC website.

All submissions must be made through the online public consultation portal. If this is not possible, please contact the NHMRC Alcohol Guidelines Project Team to request alternative arrangements.


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Consultation date

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Closing date: 
Friday, 13 January 2017 - 10:00am
Please note that for some NHMRC consultations no extensions will be given. Where extensions are available you will need to contact the project officer using the contact details at the bottom of this page. However, in order for NHMRC to extend the date of a submission you will need to have created an account and started a submission.
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Page reviewed: 25 November, 2016