Alcohol in the news

3 September 2013 – Alcohol in the news

Pregnant women continuing to drink alcohol despite warnings from medical experts
ABC Online
2 September 2013
Some women are continuing to drink alcohol while pregnant despite warnings from medical experts, research shows. The study published in the Medical Journal of Australia, based on data from 2007 to 2011, shows the majority of women are choosing not to drink any alcohol while pregnant.

Alcohol seized in booze-free community
The West Australian
2 September 2013
Fitzroy Crossing police are targeting illegal home bottle shops after litres of alcohol were seized from a house in the Junjuwa community last week. Officers executed a search warrant on the home on Wednesday after being tipped off by a member of the public.

Sign of drying times as alcohol consumption falls
ABC Online
30 August 2013
The amount of alcohol consumed on a per capita basis in the Northern Territory has fallen to its lowest level since 2004. The figures were revealed in a government report on the 2011-2012 financial year tabled in the Legislative Assembly last night.

Calls for a review of laws relating to home-distilled alcohol
ABC Online
31 August 2013
The Tasmanian Government says it will consider changes to laws relating to home-brewed alcohol, after the deaths of two men. Police are waiting on toxicology tests to determine if the 54 and 49 year old men who died in the St Helens area this week were poisoned by home-distilled alcohol.

Young women who drink alcohol daily face higher risk of breast cancer
The Australian
29 August 2013
Young women who drink alcohol every day may be raising significantly their risk of developing breast cancer, according to US research. Each alcoholic drink a woman takes daily from when her menstrual periods start until her first full-term pregnancy ups her lifetime risk of breast cancer by 13 per cent, said the study published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Action call as social media marketing of alcohol reeling in young audience
Herald Sun
2 September 2013
Alcohol companies are using Twitter to plug their products to a young and potentially underage audience, prompting calls for greater regulation of social media.

Byron council moves on alcohol
Ballina Shire Advocate
30 August 2013
Community alcohol reform group Last Drinks at 12 had a win in Byron Council yesterday with the meeting adopting a number of resolutions related to the management of alcohol and anti-social behaviour and supporting the group’s role in community efforts to curb alcohol-related street violence in Byron Shire.

Survey finds fewer NSW teens drinking alcohol
ABC Online
28 August 2013
A study examining the drinking patterns of teenagers across New South Wales has found a downward trend in drinking rates. The results are based on the responses of 8,000 students aged between 12 and 17 questioned in 2011 for the NSW School Students Health Behaviours Survey.