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Taking a break from booze

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Most Australians have drunk alcohol recently, but lots of us have tried not drinking for a period of time as part of something like FebFast, Ocsober or Dry July as well. Some of us have also taken longer breaks either as part of Hello Sunday Morning, either because of pregnancy, illness, circumstance or simply because we want to take a break or stop drinking completely. It’s amazing the perspective a break from drinking can give you. Sure, it helps you…

Upcoming conference: Frontiers in Addiction, 18-21 August in Sydney

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4th APSAAR / 5th IDARS Conference 18-21 August  2015 The Conference will bring together basic scientists, clinical scientists and medical practitioners from the international community to present and discuss the latest…

Tobacco lawyers cry wolf on alcohol labels

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A senior partner from law firm Herbert Smith Freehills — the firm currently representing British American Tobacco — this week told media that tobacco was the “canary in the coal…

Event: NDARC research symposium

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The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre’s annual conference will be held Tuesday 15 September, at the University of New South Wales. With a focus on integrating research into informed public…

Podcast: Young people, alcohol and the media

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One of the more welcome trends in global alcohol consumption is that young people seem to be drinking less than ever. We’ve got strong indications that this global trend is…

Survey for specialists in Alcohol Use Disorder

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The University of South Australia is surveying healthcare professionals to investigate the therapeutic commitments related to helping patients with alcohol use disorder. People who work at hospitals, clinics or private practices…

Submission to Family Violence Commission highlights alcohol’s role

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There’s no doubt that alcohol plays a significant role in family violence, as a recent submission from Victoria’s Alcohol Policy Coalition (APC)  to the Royal Commission into Family Violence makes clear. We’ve discussed previously…

Media Watch: The West Australian’s double standards on alcohol ads

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ABC TV’s Media Watch recently shone a light on alcohol advertising in our daily newspapers, using The West Australian as an example of where editorial content and industry advertising collide. Watching the…

Event: Conference tackles domestic violence & alcohol

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In 2011, there were 29,684 police-reported incidents of alcohol-related domestic violence, though that alarming figure has just been taken from the data that’s available; the actual figure would be much…

Does alcohol cause cancer?

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A substantial body of evidence indicates that drinking alcohol increases the risk of cancer, particularly mouth and throat cancer, oesophageal cancer, bowel cancer (colon and rectum), liver cancer and female…