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The sobering truth about the ‘silly season’

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There’s a reason why they call this time of year the ‘silly season’. While our calendars are jam-packed with work-parties and family celebrations, Australia’s emergency services personnel are in even higher demand. December is the busiest month for our paramedics, hospital staff and police when it comes to responding to incidents and assaults relating to alcohol intoxication. Data collected by Turning Point and VicHealth in 2012 found that rates of alcohol-related harms are at an all-time high in the summer…

GrogWatch in review

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All good things must come to an end and after 672 editions, GrogWatch is saying farewell. We would like to thank you all for your incredible support over the past…

Release of the Alcohol Advertising Review Board 2015-16 Annual Report

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The Alcohol Advertising Review Board (AARB) has released its latest Annual Report, demonstrating once again the self-regulatory alcohol advertising system is failing to ensure that alcohol is promoted responsibly and…

Raising safer schoolies: Advice for parents

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Forty years ago the first ‘Schoolies’ celebrations began on the Gold Coast. What started as the brain-child of a Broadbeach pub owner has erupted in to a country-wide tradition, to…

8th Australasian Drug and Alcohol Strategy Conference 2017

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This conference, hosted by the New Zealand Police and the Australian Federal Police, will focus on the theme Influencing attitudes: how can thinking and behaviour towards alcohol and drug use be…

Calling for your favourite GrogWatch moments

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We started GrogWatch 14 years ago to help give a voice to the community and advocate for the reduction of alcohol related harms. Now, over 250 newsletters later, there are…

DRINKWISE CAMPAIGN PLAYS AND MISSES

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There’s nothing better than summer in Australia. The temperature is warmer, the sun sets later and the air even feels different. The start of summer also signifies the start of…

AUSTRALIAN WINTER SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

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The Australian Winter School (AWS) is a national alcohol and other drug (AOD) conference presented by Lives Lived Well, one of Queensland’s leading non-government AOD providers. AWS is shifting from…

Mixing Alcohol with Pharmaceuticals

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Elderly Australians are being prescribed drugs that, when consumed with alcohol, represent a considerable risk of harm from multiple drug toxicity – including death. As we have written previously here…

Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference

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The 4th Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference will cover topics surrounding prevention, treatment and recovery the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference will include presentations from leading sector specialists,…