Alcohol in the news

Alcohol in the news – 11 February 2014

Health Check: does alcohol cause cancer?
The Conversation

10 February 2014
Alcohol and cancer is a topic that arouses a lot of controversy: many Australians like the odd drink but don’t want to make the connection to cancer, the world’s biggest killer.

Expert says parents who discourage teenagers boozing help prevent alcohol problems later
News.com.au
10 February 2014
Drug and Alcohol Research and Training Australia director Paul Dillon said parents could have a strong influence over their teenagers’ drinking habits throughout life by setting strict boundaries and modelling responsible alcohol use.

State set to teach children risks of alcohol abuse at high schools
Herald Sun
9 February 2014
A government crackdown on alcohol and drug-­fuelled violence is set to make its way into the classroom. The Sunday Mail can reveal the Newman Government is moving to ramp up the anti-drug and alcohol messages being taught in schools as part of a package of reforms to be announced next month.

Don’t miss this – some wonderful yarning about community engagement
Crikey
9 February 2014
Siv Parker, an award-winning Aboriginal writer with longstanding experience in the health sector, has been at the forefront of developing tweet-yarns, as was in evidence last week while she was guest tweeting for @WePublicHealth.

Shaken not slurred
The Economist
8 February 2014
Abstemious bars have opened in Liverpool and Nottingham, and are planned for Brighton and Newcastle—two famously high-living towns. Unlike many cafés, they stay open late. They emulate bars in other ways, with live music, comedy acts and films to pull in punters. When the lights go down and the DJ plays at Sobar, which opened in Nottingham in January, it looks like any city bar, hopes Alex Gillmore, the manager.

Urgent need to address excessive alcohol consumption in the community, say psychologists
The Australian Psychological Society
6 February 2014
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is calling for more attention to be given to both the social consequences of alcohol misuse and its underlying causes after a recent spate of violent incidents fuelled by alcohol.

#neknomination: the internet has changed drinking games
The Conversation
5 February 2014
When we are online we act as if we are in a different environment, which has different rules and norms. In cyberspace, our inhibitions are reduced and we do and say things that we would not if we were face-to-face.