Alcohol in the news

17 September 2013 – Alcohol in the news

Should foetal alcohol disorder be classed a disability?
ABC
12 September 2013
Every day, somewhere in Australia, a baby is born who will endure a lifetime of hardship because of an entirely preventable condition. Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is caused by mothers drinking excessive alcohol during pregnancy. It can cause brain damage and life-long learning and development problems.

Police Commissioner likens parents who give alcohol to kids ‘drug dealers’
ABC Online
16 September 2013
Western Australia’s Police Commissioner has likened parents who supply alcohol to their children as drug dealers. Karl O’Callaghan made the comments at a school in Perth while launching ‘Ocsober’, a fundraising effort to encourage people to give up alcohol for the month of October.

Alcohol fuels trouble in Parramatta
Parramatta Sun
17 September 2013
Police have expressed concerned over alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour in Parramatta’s CBD over the weekend. On Saturday morning police from Parramatta Local Area Command and the Alcohol and Licensing Enforcement Command (ALEC) removed two intoxicated men from a bar in Church Street.

Hotels resist trial aiming to cut alcohol violence
Sydney Morning Herald
14 September 2013
Kings Cross hoteliers are pushing to restrict the introduction of a new system of identity scanners in their venues under a state government initiative to curb alcohol-fuelled violence after the death of teenager Thomas Kelly. A 12-month trial of linked identity scanners is due to begin for large pubs and nightclubs in Kings Cross in time for the peak summer trading period.

Alcohol and depression not linked: WA study
Perth Now
12 September 2013
Alcohol consumption does not cause depression, a team of WA scientists has found. A study of 3873 elderly men has shown no truth to the long-held belief alcohol causes people to become depressed, University of Western Australia school of psychiatry and clinical neurosciences professor Osvaldo Almeida said.

Concerns bar staff doing alcohol course in minutes
ABC News
12 September 2013
The secretary of the Barrier Liquor Accord has called last drinks on people who cheat on their Responsible Service of Alcohol exam. Ann Rogers has been told that people are getting the answers and completing the online course in minutes, or even getting other people to do it for them.

NSW Restaurant and Catering Association calls for underage teens to be able to serve alcohol
Daily Telegraph
14 September 2013
They can’t legally buy liquor but 16-year-olds could serve alcohol in restaurant bars and dining areas to overcome staff shortages, under controversial proposed changes. The NSW Restaurant and Catering Association (R & CA), which represents 11,500 venues, wants the State Government to follow Queesland’s lead and allow minors to serve alcoholic drinks.

Alcohol interlock hard on workers
The Advocate
17 September 2013
Alcohol interlock laws that impact on the ability of workers to drive on the job are likely to be softened. “The department has been asked to investigate and provide further advice to the minister regarding the introduction of an exemption where this program will have a significant effect on the employment situation of individuals,” the spokesman said.

Alcohol ‘bloodbath’ over: conference
Newcastle Herald
17 September 2013
Newcastle had shed its reputation as a ‘‘bloodbath’’ after dark thanks to measures to cut alcohol-fuelled violence, the city’s top police officer said on Monday. Newcastle City local area commander Superintendent John Gralton was one of the speakers at the Community Drug Action Team conference at City Hall.