Alcohol in the news

15 January 2014 – Alcohol in the news

Nothing but silence from NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell over king-hits
The Sydney Morning Herald
15 January 2014
When a young worker died after falling from scaffolding at Barangaroo last week, Acting Premier Andrew Stoner was swift in his response.

Alcohol and violence: a complex issue in search of leadership
The Conversation
14 January 2014
The start of 2014 has seen a tragic, but sadly predictable discussion around Australia about lives lost or hanging in the balance due to violence. All of the high-profile cases involved alcohol. These are the tip of a horrifying iceberg.

Australia, we need to talk about alcohol
The Guardian
14 January 2014
Australia has already demonstrated that changes in drug culture are possible by drastically reducing our number of smokers. We need to follow suit with alcohol and further educate drinkers

Alcohol-fuelled violence on the rise: medical staff
The Canberra Times
13 January 2014
Emergency specialists such as Drew Richardson see the aftermath of alcohol-fuelled violence all too often.

Lifting alcohol prices won’t reduce binge drinking: experts
The Canberra Times
13 January 2014
Higher prices for alcohol will do little to reduce high-intensity drinking because binge drinkers commonly drink little or nothing on some days so they can binge on the weekend, leading public health experts warn.

Fifty Qantas and Virgin airline and alcohol drug testing
The Telegraph
13 January 2014
Almost 50 airline workers employed in safety sensitive roles by Qantas and Virgin have tested positive to drugs or alcohol in a year, documents obtained under Freedom of Information show.

Chinatown businesses face ‘hotspot’ challenges
SBS
13 January 2014
When Jessie Xiao first began running karaoke bars in downtown Sydney, she felt police had mixed feelings about the business, worried that it was a ‘potentially troubled place’.

Alcohol and violence: Premier is simply too scared to take up gauntlet
Sydney Morning Herald
8 January 2014
If Barry O’Farrell was serious about reducing alcohol-fuelled violence on Sydney streets there are solutions.