GrogWatch news roundup - 23 Apr 2013

23 Apr 2013 – This week’s news roundup

Trouble brewing as beer makers call for tax cut
The Australian
22 Apr 2013
The beer industry says it is suffering from one of the highest tax rates in the world and has urged Treasurer Wayne Swan to freeze excise in next month’s Federal Budget.

VB defends their raise a glass campaign
ABC North West WA
22 Apr 2013
The General Manager of Victoria Bitter says that the brand’s ‘raise a glass campaign’ is not about promoting the sale or consumption of alcohol on Anzac Day.

Laws for supplying alcohol are not simply red tape
The Courrier Mail
22 Apr 2013
The Queensland Government has recently proposed laws allowing the supply of alcohol without a liquor license in nursing homes, hospitals, Parliament House and hairdressers.

Fingerprint test for alcohol and drinking in the workplace
Metro UK
22 Apr 2013
Staff in UK local government, the NHS and security, transport and leisure industries will be first to be targeted as the world’s first finger-touch system to detect alcohol.

Surfing Australia drops alcohol sponsorship
18 Apr 2013
Surfing Australia has abandoned alcohol brand sponsorship to promote an anti binge-drinking message as part of a government sponsored campaign.

Drinkers unaware of risks: study
Sydney Morning Herald
17 Apr 2013
Australians have a worrying lack of awareness of the risks of drinking alcohol, according to the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE). The annual FARE survey found two in five Australian drinkers consume alcohol with the intention of getting drunk and more than half of drinkers “preload” by drinking at home before going to a bar or pub.