This model simulates a population of 18-25 year olds who meet up with friends and move between a mix of private venues, pubs and nightclubs over the course of a night.
Acute harms experienced by young, heavy alcohol drinkers, such as verbal aggression, being sick from drinking too much or having difficulty getting home after a night out are topics of significant public health concern.
Although policies are often proposed to minimise these harms, there is rarely any evidence available to support their effectiveness.
However, computer-based simulation models have been found to be effective, cutting-edge research tools. They are increasingly being used to compare hypothetical policies to help decide what is likely to be the most effective and why this is the case.
‘SimDrink’ is a simulation model of a population of 18-25 year olds engaging in heavy sessional drinking on a night out in Melbourne.
It has been purposefully designed to provide a means for conducting alcohol policy experiments to inform policy decisions.
- The effects of extended public transport operating hours and venue lockout policies on drinking-related harms in Melbourne, Australia: Results from SimDrink, an agent-based simulation model.
Scott N, Hart A, Wilson J, Livingston M, Moore D, Dietze P
Int J Drug Policy. 2016 Feb; 32:44-49
- SimDrink: An agent-based NetLogo model of young, heavy drinkers for conducting alcohol policy experiments.
Scott N, Livingston M, Hart A, Wilson J, Moore D, Dietze P
JASS. 2016 Jan; 19(1):10