The aim of the DASHED research project is to allow us to better measure and understand the consumption of alcohol and other drugs and their association with risky and offending behaviour within and around licensed venues.

A primary major aim of the project is to measure levels of pre-drinking, intoxication on the street, illicit drug use and harmful drinking practices (such as mixing with energy drinks) of patrons in entertainment areas, and relating this to offending, risky behaviour and harms experienced.

This is important in understanding how best to develop strategies and interventions to reduce this harm to individuals and the community.

The research is being led by A/Prof Peter Miller from Deakin University in Geelong and involves investigators from the University of Tasmania in Hobart, and the Australian Institute of Criminology in Canberra.

Our methods include patron interviews incorporating breathalysing and random drug testing and observations of patron behaviour inside venues. The information gathered through this project will inform prevention and enforcement approaches of both police, venue operators and staff.

Our Plain Language Statement for ethics can be read here.


National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (NDLERF)


The University of Tasmania

Australian Institute of Criminology

ACT Police

Tasmania Police 

Prof Peter Miller, Professor of Violence Prevention and Addiction Studies, School of Psychology, Deakin University, Waterfront campus, Geelong VIC

Dr Anthony Morgan, Research Manager, Crime and Prevention Research, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra ACT

A/Prof Raimondo Bruno, Associate Professor, School of Medicine (Psychology), University of Tasmania, Hobart TAS

Nicolas Droste, PhD Candidate, School of Psychology, Deakin University, Waterfront Campus, Geelong VIC

Amy Peacock, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Medicine (Psychology), University of Tasmania, Hobart TAS

Hayley Boxall, Senior Research Analyst, Crime Prevention and Evaluation Research, Australian Institute of Criminology, Canberra ACT  

Research Team


Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC)

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) is Australia’s national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice. The AIC seeks to promote justice and reduce crime by undertaking and communicating evidence-based research to inform policy and practice.  

National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)
The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) conducts and disseminates high quality research that contributes to the primary prevention of harmful drug use and the reduction of drug related harm in Australia. NDRI, which was formed in 1986, plays a key role in national harm prevention strategies through research designed to establish the preventive potential of legislative, economic, regulatory and educational interventions. NDRI is located at Curtin University of Technology's Health Research Campus in the western Perth suburb of Shenton Park and receives core funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.

Healthy Nightlife Toolbox
The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox (HNT) is an international initiative that focuses on the reduction of harm from alcohol and drug use among young people.

Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre
Turning Point strives to promote and maximise the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities living with and affected by alcohol and other drug-related harms.

Online 24/7 drug and alcohol counselling service
CounsellingOnline is a service where you can communicate with a professional counsellor about an alcohol or drug related concern, using text-interaction. This service is free for anyone seeking help with their own drug use or the drug use of a family member, relative or friend. Counselling Online is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across Australia.

Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University
The Centre for Public Health is a vibrant research and teaching community working in partnership to deliver health at local, regional, national and international level. They specialise in applied research and educational programmes addressing health issues at all levels from policy development to service delivery. The Centre is firmly committed to a multi-disciplinary approach to Public Health and works not only with health services but also with local authorities, judicial bodies, environmental services and community groups.