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Alcopops tax misinformation should haunt spirits industry

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Proof that the alcopops tax successfully reduced underage and harmful drinking should haunt the spirits industry, which misled the public and pretended from day one the tax was a failure. Alcopops, also known as ready-to-drinks (RTDs) are pre-mixed drinks whose alcoholic content is derived from a wine or spirit, which is then mixed with other additives and flavours to provide a sweet taste. Researchers led by Marianne Gale have found the alcopops tax reduced hazardous drinking by young people, and…

WA’s top cop hits out at alcohol advertising

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Commissioner of Western Australia Police Karl O’Callaghan this week wrote a strongly-worded article for The West Australian, hitting out at the alcohol industry and advertising in particular. Both reports, again,…

Video: Alcohol, friend or foe?

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The students at Forbes High School in NSW have put together a great music video highlighting some of the harms alcohol can cause – physical, but also social and emotional….

10 times GrogWatch owned the drinking culture debate

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Over the last few years, GrogWatch has reported on the latest alcohol news, fads and issues within Australia’s drinking culture and the alcohol industry on a global scale. We’ve also…

With alcohol advertising hitting home runs in the digital space, we need to step up to the plate

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Smartphones, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat are now being used in alcohol advertising to engage consumers like never before. Alcohol marketers’ use of social media means they’re no longer relying on…

A capital idea: Secondary supply served in ACT

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Legislation to introduce a ‘secondary supply’ law was moved in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) parliament last week: the ACT is to ban supply of alcohol to young people unless…

Getting the facts on alcohol

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Finding objective and unbiased information on alcohol can be quite a task sometimes, especially with factors like fad diets and the alcohol industry exerting an influence on what we see in…

Event: Winter School earlybird registration closing soon

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Earlybird registration for Live Lived Well’s Australian Winter School closes this Friday, with the alcohol and other drug conference this year set to explore the theme of ‘Unleash potential’. Now…

Do community alcohol prevention programs work?

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Changing people’s behaviours is the holy grail in health promotion. Whether it’s encouraging people to make better food choices, being vigilant for disease symptoms or reducing the amount they drink,…

ACT introduces secondary supply law

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Last week the ACT Parliament introduced a secondary supply law, at long last. The law will prevent minors being supplied with alcohol without parental consent, and brings the state into…