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The WAVE Project

Alcohol Advertising and Aquatic Environments: Building Evidence for Change


Little is known globally about alcogenic, aquatic environments; these are the places and spaces where young people recreate and in which alcohol advertising is common. This project is the first to explore the impact of outdoor and digital advertising in and around aquatic settings in Western Australia (WA). 


This Healthway funded research brings together a collaborative, multidisciplinary team to explore and quantify the impact of outdoor and digital advertising in and around aquatic settings. The focus of the project is young people aged 16 – 24 years in metro WA. 


Our findings will build the evidence regarding alcohol industry advertising tactics related to aquatic environments and inform public health advocacy efforts to reduce harms for young people produced by alcohol marketing in and around aquatic settings.


Each year the alcohol industry spends more than $100 million on alcohol advertising. Young people are regularly exposed to the pervasive effects of alcohol advertising which is located on television, bus shelters, as well as social media (e.g. TikTok, Instagram, Facebook). In combination these strategies mean young people can be influenced by alcohol-related messages anywhere, at any time.

Alcohol use in and around water is a risk factor for injuries, including fatal and non-fatal drowning. In Western Australia, young people are over-represented in water-related injury statistics and drowning deaths. Deaths occur at the beach, off rocks and in rivers whilst swimming and boating. Males are at increased risk, as they are more likely to swim alone, participate in high-risk recreational activities and consume alcohol in aquatic environments.


A key component of the project is collaborative ways of working. Our project governance will link researchers with young people and with community agencies and policymakers to ensure consideration of key concepts from a variety of perspectives and develop outcomes in a way that is flexible and relevant for our partners and end users.

The Project is led by the Alcohol Project Team (APT). The APT will work closely with stakeholders (the Research Collaborative). Young people (the Young People Advisory Group) are also vital to the success of our project.

Alcohol Project Team (APT)

The APT is composed of the chief investigators, all researchers across multiple WA and Australian universities:

Research collaborative (RC)

The RC is drawn from organisations working with young people across injury, drowning prevention, alcohol, and other drugs. The RC will provide strategic advice and feedback to the APT, support community relationship building and assist in the development of policy and advocacy-ready recommendations.










The project has six components:

  1. Community engaged project governance

    • Bringing together stakeholders whose focus is reducing harm from alcohol and injury prevention.

  2. Review

    • Scope literature on the impact of alcohol advertising and media exposure on adolescent alcohol use on young people.

  3. Mapping, geospatial analysis and environmental audit

    • Developing navigation maps, buffer zones and hot spots for identifying, recording and geo-coding outdoor alcohol advertising.

  4. Content analysis

    • Reviewing social media platforms used by young people to examine the depiction of alcohol products and their use in aquatic settings and compliance with alcohol advertising codes.

  5. Intercept survey insights

    • Collecting individual interviews to examine knowledge, attitude, beliefs and behaviour related to alcohol, alcohol advertising, sponsorship and participation in aquatic activities.

  6. Co-produced recommendations

    • Workshops to co-produce recommendations for future policy and practice.


Young People Advisory Group (YPAG)
2023 Expression of Interest

The Water, Alcohol, adVertising, Evidence (WAVE) Project is a Healthway funded project led by the Drowning Prevention Evidence & Evaluation Project (DEEP) team at Curtin University, who conduct drowning prevention research in Western Australia (WA).


The WAVE Project is exploring the impact of alcohol advertising in and around aquatic waterways (such as beaches, rivers, and pools) in Perth, WA. We are looking for enthusiastic young people to join our YPAG (Young People Advisory Group) to support our research and share your thoughts about alcohol advertising and its promotion around WA beaches, rivers, and pools.

What is the YPAG?

The YPAG will give you the opportunity to engage in community-focused research and contribute to an emerging area of research for drowning prevention and advocacy efforts. You will collaborate with other like-minded young people and researchers, to discuss ideas that affect you and other young people.


Who we are looking for:

The WAVE Project is looking for 18–24-year-olds, from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences in Western Australia, to join the YPAG. You will be one of five members, working alongside the researcher and community advisory groups, discussing alcohol advertising and its promotion in and around WA beaches, rivers, and pools.


Why join our YPAG:

  • It is a fun way to meet like-minded people.

  • It is an opportunity to have your thoughts on alcohol advertising and promotion heard!

  • YPAG members will help advocacy efforts, to reduce the harms for young people caused by alcohol marketing in aquatic settings.

  • Participation in a YPAG allows you to develop your employability skills and looks great on your resume.

When: A minimum of two sessions, time and date to be advised.  

Where: Curtin University, Bentley. We will provide snacks and drinks at all YPAG meetings.

Expression of Interest Form 

If you are interested in joining the YPAG (Youth Advisory Group), please fill out the form.

YPAG details - Please tick the following that apply:

Thanks for your interest!


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