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Target Group:
Young Australians 18-30 years old who experience depressive symptoms and are engaging in binge drinking.

This project focuses on a common clinical problem that causes substantial functional, economic and health impacts; comorbid depression and binge drinking. These conditions are under-treated and peak in young adulthood. This project offers a low cost, wide reach, youth-appropriate treatment, which will have profound implications for service design and health policy. It relates to current Commonwealth initiatives in e-health and e-Psychology.


We will directly target young people with comorbid depression and binge drinking behaviours and, for the first time, evaluate an internet-based psychological treatment program, augmented with peer-driven social networking. This program can easily be translated into primary care, clinical and real world settings for use by young people experiencing these conditions.

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Research Team:

Dr Emma Barrett, Associate Professor Nickie Newton, Dr Lexine Stapinski, Miss Siobhan Lawler and Miss Tuyet-Ngan Doan

Target Group:
Young Australians aged 18-20 years old

This research study aims to explore factors that are associated with prosocial and antisocial behaviour during early adulthood. The online survey will ask you for some general demographic information, sociodemographic information, information about your time at school, your experiences with drugs and alcohol, problems with police, your friendship network and important life events. It will also ask you about adverse childhood experiences, deviant behaviours in the last year and in your lifetime, personality traits, coping strategies you use, and your prosocial attitudes.

We hope to use information we get from this research study to better understand factors associated with the development of prosocial and antisocial behaviour.

This survey is completely voluntary, de-identified and confidential. If you would like to participate or know someone who would be interested in participating, please follow the link below:

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Now recruiting: We are currently inviting young people who drink to cope with their anxiety to participate in a pilot trial of the “Inroads” early intervention. We are seeking people who are:

-   aged 17 to 24

-   living anywhere in Australia

-   who often feel anxious, stressed or worried

-   and want help to manage anxiety symptoms and keep their alcohol use under control.

For more information or to enrol, visit:

What is the Inroads program?

Researchers from UNSW and Macquarie University developed the Inroads program for young adults with concerns about their anxiety and drinking. Over five online modules, the program will help you develop new skills to encourage you to think about your use of alcohol and overcome anxiety. You will be encouraged to set goals and stick to your choices. The modules are completed weekly and you will also recieve phone/email support from an experienced psychologist.

What is the link between anxiety and drinking?

Anxiety is very common as young people experience new challenges, including:

-   a new job or study program

-   establishing new friendships, and/or

-   a new living situation

Often, people who experience anxiety drink alcohol to cope with these challenges. Some people also experience anxiety from drinking too much. When you are feeling anxious, and perhaps drinking more often, alcohol can initially lift your mood and help you relax. However, once these effects wear off, alcohol makes your feelings of anxiety worse and can affect your mood.

How can the Inroads program help?

The Inroads program is about providing you with skills to cope with your anxiety and life stresses. You will be encouraged to think about what's important to you, and plan out the steps needed to work towards your goals.

To determine whether the Inroads program is right for you, you will be asked some questions about your anxiety, drinking and other related concenrs. These questions will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, after which you will get feedback about your symptoms and whether the program would be beneficial for you. Visit to find out if the program would benefit you.



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Target Group:
Males and females with alcoholic liver disease

1 in 10 Australian adults consume alcohol at levels that are risky for liver disease. Alcoholic liver disease is the leading cause of alcohol-related death in Australia. Abstinence from alcohol is crucial in reducing morbidity and mortality associated with the disease. However, specific treatments for alcohol use disorders in those with significant liver disease have been lacking. There is recent clinical evidence to indicate that the medicate, baclofen, which is safe on the liver, has therapeutic value in alcohol dependence. 

The University of Sydney is currently offering a 12 week treatment program for people with alcoholic liver disease. This includes:

~ Medical assessments by our specialises plus monitoring of liver function symptoms

~ 12 weeks of free medication

~ Up to 8 brief counseling sessions. 

Would the program suit me?

~ Is it becoming difficult to cut down or control your drinking?

~ Have you been drinking regularly (>4 drinks per day) for at least 10 years?

~ Do you suffer from (or suspect you may have) liver disease?

~ Are you willing to participate in a randomised controlled trial? 

Does this sound like you? For more information, visit the project website, speak to a team member on (02) 9515 3636 or email Participants will be reimbursed for their time and travel costs. 


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