Alcohol in the news

Alcohol in the news

Alcohol consumption and related problems are way over the limit and it’s time to say no
The Daily Telegraph
5 March 2015
Tonight at a forum in Sydney, representatives from our major parties will announce their policies for the upcoming state election to reduce alcohol-related harm and ­violence.

Diageo-funded bid to tackle binge drinking branded ‘a smokescreen’
Independent
5 March 2015
A former GAA president, a singer, a student leader and a comedian have all united to dismiss a new anti-alcohol campaign as a “smokescreen”.

College Help For Students Cuts Drinking, But Not For Long
National Public Radio
4 March 2015
One-time interventions do work, but their effect tends to wear off as the school year progresses, according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Alcoholism linked to domestic violence: calls for strict government policy
The Daily Advertiser
3 March 2015
There has been much disturbing news to think about recently, but this week I’ll focus on alcohol’s devastating impact on children and families, which was revealed in a new report, The Hidden Harm.

Drunk Jetstar passenger forces flight from Melbourne to Perth to turn back
The Australian
2 March 2015
Domestic passengers exploiting a regulatory loophole that allows them to carry unsealed bottles of booze onto flights are causing fresh grief for Australian airlines.

Alcohol-abuse risks need more attention in Canada, researchers say
CBC News
2 March 2015
Alcohol-related causes responsible for 7% of all deaths in Canada, report says.

I was so shy I had to be drunk to make love, says Julie Walters: Actress says she used to turn to alcohol to bring her out of her shell
Daily Mail Australia
2 March 2015
The veteran star has revealed that when it came to romance in her younger years, she relied on a helping hand from alcohol to bring her out of her shell.

Tube workers to strike over sacking of driver who failed two alcohol breath tests
The Telegraph
2 March 2015
London Underground workers are to stage a short strike from Saturday evening in a row over the sacking of a colleague.

He lost his job and almost lost his life: how social drinking turned into a nightmare of addiction
Sydney Morning Herald
1 March 2015
Like many Australians, Chris Planer started as a social drinker in his teens, going out on weekends for a few beverages with his mates. His addiction gradually crept up on him before coming to a life-changing halt in 2012 when he had a head-on collision while driving under the influence, landing him in hospital.

Aussie Company Wants You To Sneak Alcohol Into Festivals & Gigs
TheMusic.com.au
25 February 2015
A Melbourne-based start-up company is encouraging Australian music lovers to sneak alcohol into festivals, licensed venues and sporting events in response to what they see as excessive alcohol prices.

Family members who abuse alcohol behind half of reported child protection and domestic violence cases
News.com.au
24 February 2015
Alcohol abuse is behind up to half of all child protection and reported domestic violence cases, a landmark new report to be launched by Australian of the Year, Rosie Battie, shows.

Dubbo’s dark drinking problem
Daily Liberal
24 February 2015
Eighty per cent of crimes coming before the court at Dubbo are drug-and-alcohol related, highlighting the need for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility, according to Orana Law Society president Andrew Boog.

Small brewers can’t tap in to market
News.com.au
23 February 2015
Consumer choice is being stifled because of restrictive deals locking pubs into only selling products from major brewers, says Australia’s peak craft brewers group.

New Mental Health Commission research reveals fly-in fly-out workers turn to alcohol
News.com.au
22 February 2015
Research has confirmed mental health problems and heavy drinking are ‘prevalent’ among fly-in, fly-out workers.

Alcohol profile ‘positive’: YouTube videos present drinkers as funny & attractive, scientists say
Russia Today
22 February 2015
The content of YouTube’s most popular videos showing alcohol abuse (involving 10 million plus search results ‘drunk’) tends to be humorous and eye-catching, while revealing only minimal downsides for drinkers, a new study says.

Beer drinkers paying $180 a year in alcohol tax, Brewers Association says
The Herald Sun
22 February 2015
Regular beer drinkers are paying almost $180 a year in alcohol tax.

Alcohol ads could be shown earlier under planned Free TV changes
The Australian
20 February 2015
Advertisers such as alcohol brands will be able to appear on television an hour earlier, from 7.30pm, if changes in Free TV’s Code of Practice that are now up for public review are registered.

Diageo laps it up with alcohol ‘campaign’
The Irish Examiner
19 February 2015
The Diageo-funded ‘Stop Out Of Control Drinking Campaign’ is like the time when Shell got involved in environmental campaigning – it’s hypocritical, writes Ruairí McKiernan.

New range of alcopops that appeal to kids leaves parents fuming
The Daily Telegraph
15 February 2015
There has been an explosion of alcoholic ciders and ginger beers proliferating bottle shop shelves in recent years as beverage companies fight for a share of the multi-billion dollar drinks industry.

Momemtum growing for end to ban on alcohol in Scottish football stadiums
The Telegraph
15 February 2015
The ban on alcohol being sold in Scotland’s football stadiums could be lifted almost 35 years after it was imposed.

Research reveals pre-loading drinks, or consuming pre-drinks, saves no money, leads to more sexual, physical assaults
ABC News
15 February 2015
A groundbreaking new study into pre-loading drinks has found the practice does not save partygoers money and can lead to more sexual and physical assaults.

Teetotaller numbers rise in UK with one in five adults not drinking
The Guardian
14 February 2015
Britain is becoming a nation of teetotallers, with young adults and Londoners leading the way, according to new figures. More than one in five adults (21%) do not drink alcohol at all, according to the Office for National Statistics’ Adult Drinking Habits in Great Britain report released on Friday.

Industry-led alcohol awareness campaign criticised
The Irish Times
12 February 2015
Allowing a drinks company to fund a public health campaign on alcohol and to “frame the debate” is wrong, a children’s rights campaigner has said.

Alcohol deaths in the UK are at their lowest level since 2000
Express
12 February 2015
In 2013 there were 8,416 alcohol-related deaths registered in the UK, equivalent to 14 deaths per 100,000 people. It is the lowest rate since 2000, when 6,884 deaths or a rate of 13.1 per 100,000, the Office for National Statistics said.

Women aged 35 to 59 engaged in high-risk drinking at problem levels, study warns
ABC News
12 February 2015
More than 500,000 middle-aged Australian women are engaging in high-risk drinking and there is insufficient help available, researchers have warned.

Alcohol benefits might be too good to be true
The Age
11 February 2015
Comforted by regular headlines that moderate drinking is good for your health and will prolong your life? A new study published in a leading medical journal suggests these claims are too good to be true.

State wants more houses alcohol-free
Yahoo! News
11 February 2015
New WA Housing Minister Colin Holt wants his department to push more public housing tenants to make their homes alcohol-free, admitting he was staggered by how few took up the option.

Wellington Sevens starts to sober up
The Dominion Post
9 February 2015
What was once the biggest party weekend on the capital’s calendar could become more family-focused, as authorities pleased at the sevens’ more sober atmosphere plot a change of face for the event.

Dearer booze is no ‘magic bullet’, say experts
Independent
9 February 2015
The introduction of minimum pricing to end the sale of cheap booze will be no “magic bullet” to call time on alcohol abuse – but it could help reduce binge drinking among young people, experts believe.

Caleb Hulme-Moir: What I learned from giving up alcohol for six months
News.com.au
8 February 2015
I’m at the height of my sobriety. It’s been six months since I’ve had a drink which is the longest gap between beverages for 21 years.

Shortage of ‘potentially life-saving’ drug Antabuse leaves alcoholics vulnerable
The Age
5 February 2015
People addicted to alcohol have been left without access to a drug that helps stop them drinking, raising concerns that the shortage could tip some people into crisis.

Drink-drive message failing to get through to young drivers, says IAM
FleetNews
5 February 2015
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has warned that the drink-drive message is failing to get through to young drivers who remain the most likely to be caught drink-driving and be involved in accidents involving death and serious injury.

Alcohol bans have brought ‘real and lasting benefit’ to towns
The Australian
5 February 2015
The benefits of alcohol restrictions in the Kimberley town of Halls Creek, once likened to a war zone by medical staff at the hospital’s emergency department, have been substantial and long-lasting, new research says.

Alcohol Advertising Affecting Adolescents
PsychCentral
5 February 2015
Accordingto a study by researchers at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) and Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD), seeing and liking alcohol advertising on television among underage youth was associated with the onset of drinking, binge drinking and hazardous drinking.

Why your body loves time off from alcohol (especially if you’re female)
Sydney Morning Herald
2 February 2015
What about the health benefits of taking more regular mini-breaks from wine, beer and spirits – like the two alcohol-free days a week that are often recommended  to  help reduce the risks from drinking?

Dry January helps us control our drinking, but it’s no excuse to binge the rest of the year
The Conversation
1 February 2015
February 1 marks the end of a self-imposed month of abstinence from alcohol for the (approximately) 100,000 people who signed up to Alcohol Concern’s “Dry January” or Cancer Research UK’s “Dryathlon”.

Dartmouth Bans Hard Alcohol on Campus For All
TIME Magazine
29 January 2015
Fraternities need to reform or disband, says Dartmouth president

WA Labor seeks ‘common sense’ changes to state’s Liquor Act
WA Today
28 January 2015
WA Labor leader Mark McGowan said just because a swanky pub wants to serve booze after midnight doesn’t mean patrons will be “knocking back drinks round the clock”.

Hiccup over alcohol education
Northern Star
28 January 2015
Pressure is building for the NSW Government to change its “just say no” approach to alcohol education in schools ahead of the March election

School leavers carve out their own celebratory path
Canberra Times
15 December 2014
Bushwalking, art-focused trips and helping others are now part of the school-leavers’ path: it isn’t all booze, sex and drugs on the Gold Coast.

Why colleges haven’t stopped binge drinking
New York Times
14 December 2014
Despite decades of research, hundreds of campus task forces and millions invested in bold experiments, college drinking in the United States remains as much of a problem as ever.

Griffith University, police undertake drinking study to address pre-load
Courier Mail
12 December 2014
The public is lining up to discuss its drinking habits and be breathalysed under an initiative between Fortitude Valley police and Griffith University researchers.

The case for allowing the homeless to drink
Pacific Standard Magazine
12 December 2014
Alcohol consumption inside a supportive housing unit can actually make the road to recovery easier. And that means huge taxpayer savings on arrests, hospitalizations, and welfare.

ED doctors fed up with drunks turning emergency departments into ‘nightclubs’
News.com.au
11 December 2014
Doctors say drunks are turning emergency departments into “nightclubs” after a snapshot of the nation’s hospitals last Saturday found up to half of patients were present because of alcohol issues.

Alcohol disrupt’s body sleep regulator
Medical News Today
11 December 2014
New research shows that while alcohol may bring on sleepiness, it can disrupt sleep and, over time, cause insomnia by interfering with the body’s system for regulating sleep.

Laws limiting alcohol outlet density may reduce intimate partner violence
News Medical
11 December 2014
Communities with fewer places to buy or drink alcohol also tend to have lower rates of intimate partner violence, new evidence suggests.

Study finds the mere presence of alcohol is enough to make women appear more sexually available
Medicalxpress
11 December 2014
With office Christmas party season in full swing a new Deakin University study provides a timely reminder of the role alcohol plays in unwanted sexual advances.

Warning issued over ‘drunk walking’
BBC News
11 December 2014
New figures have indicated the extent of the danger posed by pedestrians under the influence of drink.

Opinion: Young people have a hard enough time navigating the perils of alcohol without added pressure from those who should know better
The Courier Mail
7 December 2014
I couldn’t believe my ears when my 14-year-old told me an unknown woman at a party we’d attended together had tried to ply him with wine.

Higher prices won’t stop problem drinkers, alcohol sellers tell enquiry
ABC News
5 December 2014
Australia’s largest alcohol retailers have told a public hearing into Indigenous alcohol abuse that increasing prices will not reduce consumption.

Scotland cuts drink-drive alcohol limit
BBC News
5 December 2014
A new law has come into force which makes the legal drink-drive limit in Scotland lower than elsewhere in the UK.

Court back mother in alcohol case
Daily Mail Australia
5 December 2014
A mother who drank excessively while pregnant and gave birth to a baby with serious, alcohol-related problems has been cleared of claims that she committed a criminal offence.

St Kilda foreshore drinking bans this summer
The Age
5 December 2014
Melburnians and tourists hoping to enjoy a beer or a glass of wine as the sun sets over the St Kilda foreshore could find themselves in trouble with the law this summer under a contentious proposal to ban alcohol by the local council.

FIFO fed my addiction: An ex-employee tells all about drinking on the job
News.com.au
4 December 2014
At 22, Carl seemed to be living a charmed life. Then he lost everything on a six-month alcohol-fuelled bender in the UK, when he guesses he spent around $130,000.

Alcohol-free beer sector grows 
Food Magazine
4 December 2014
Coopers has seen a surge in sales of its alcohol-free beer, which is brewed according to the German purity law, and then the alcohol is extracted using a centrifuge.

Alcohol awareness campaigns missing the mark as research shows older people drink more often than the young
ABC News
3 December 2014
Drug education groups fear safe drinking messages could be missing the age groups most likely to drink on a daily basis: people aged in their 60s and 70s.

Alcohol made Gable Tostee ‘ashamed of himself’ 
Brisbane Times
3 December 2014
Gable Tostee says his decade-long struggle with alcohol began when he started drinking excessively after attending Schoolies Week as a 17-year-old.

Drink less alcohol by quitting smoking first
Lifehacker
2 December 2014
A scientific study has discovered that it’s more difficult to quit alcohol if you also smoke. Apparently, the receptors in the brain linked to alcohol withdrawal are effected by frequent tobacco use, causing cravings to remain high.

Drink, drugs main worry for teens
The West Australian
1 December 2014
Drugs, alcohol and stress are the things that worry WA’s youth most – while the State’s generation next also feel they may not be able to live up to expectations placed on them.

What type of alcohol parent are you? How to teach your teens to drink responsibly
Daily Telegraph
30 November 2014
Prohibitionist, European, Avoider or Cool — which kind of parent are you?

Bride in hospital, groom and best man charged after Hobart wedding brawl
ABC News
30 November 2014
A Hobart bride has been hospitalised and her groom and his best man charged with disorderly conduct following an alcohol-fuelled brawl at their wedding reception on Saturday morning.

The alcohol industry doesn’t want you to drink responsibly
Salon
29 November 2014
A new study finds that not one of the nearly 1,800 liquor ads reviewed explains what this warning actually means.

Schoolies week: a rite of passage
The Age
28 November 2014
Yes, it’s true. Schoolies week will probably see your angelic child drink themselves into a stupor, sample some pills, shack up with a schoolmate and wake up naked on a sand dune, possibly all in the one night.

Alcohol ban could be on cards for Adelaide Crows
Courier Mail
24 November 2014
New Crows coach Phil Walsh’s determination to deliver elite standards at the Adelaide Football Club will lead to a control on alcohol among his players.

Schoolies fun not about binge drinking
Health Canal
25 November 2014
An up-and-coming generation of school-leavers is increasingly aware of the potential dangers of binge-drinking at events like Schoolies.

Alcohol research group calls for funding of a community defenders office
Sydney Morning Herald
25 November 2014
The NSW government and opposition are being asked to commit $800,000 to fund a community defenders office.

Staggering alcohol toll must be reduced to ensure a healthier NSW
Sydney Morning Herald
25 November 2014
Whoever wins the upcoming state election, the NSW government must complete the steps started last January in tackling the state’s heavy alcohol toll,and making all communities safer, writes Michael Thorn.

Worry over teen alcohol harm
Yahoo News
24 November 2014
Alcohol-fuelled violence, drink-driving and damage to developing brains are the biggest fears of West Australians when it comes to young people drinking.

Renewed push to ban teens buying alcohol from bottle shops after death of Nicole Bicknell
News.com.au
23 November 2014
West Australians should be banned from buying alcohol at bottle shops until they are 21 in a bid to stop young people getting high-strength liquor.

NSW leads the way in alcohol controls
Whitsunday Times
Queensland needs to take lessons from New South Wales in the fight against booze-fuelled violence, a leading advocate says.

Drinking Too Much Doesn’t Necessarily Mean You’re An Alcoholic
Business Insider Australia
21 November 2014
Having that extra beer or finishing that bottle of wine — because who really wants to save it for tomorrow? — might not be good for you, but it doesn’t mean you have a drinking-dependency problem.

Alcohol ‘a catalyst, not cause’ says expert
The Courier
21 November 2014
Ballarat has recorded one of the highest number of alcohol-related family violence incidents in the state, according to a Turning Point analysis.

Moderate Drinker Or Alcoholic? Many Americans Fall In Between
NPR
20 November 2014
A lot of us make the assumption that there are two kinds of drinkers: moderate drinkers who have a glass of wine with dinner, and on the other end of the spectrum, alcoholics. But this is not an accurate picture, according to researchers.

NRL recognised for tackling culture of alcohol abuse
Sydney Morning Herald
20 November 2014
After approaching the Australian Drug Foundation for help in 2009, the NRL received the Good Sports Leadership Award at a function on Thursday at the MCG for its ongoing commitment to improving the code’s drinking culture.

Drugs do kill but culture of booze more deadly
Herald Sun
17 November 2014
Sydney student Georgina Bartter has become the latest casualty in the unwinnable war against drugs.

Predicting Teen Alcohol Abuse Before Their First Drink: Clues Found In Brain’s Connections
Medical Daily
16 November 2014
Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine collaborated with neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center to determine if they could predict alcohol abuse in teens before they even have their first sip.

Booze cause of family violence – inquiry
Stuff.co.nz
16 November 2014
The Glenn Inquiry’s final report, to be delivered later this month, will demand a wholesale reform of alcohol law, saying it would help dramatically cut family violence statistics

Perth teenager Nicole Bicknell died after drinking 95 per cent Polmos Spirytus Rektyfikowany
Perth Now
16 November 2014
The family of a WA teenager who died after consuming a potent brand of alcohol at her 18th birthday party has called for a complete ban on the sale of high-strength liquor in Australia.

Barnett Government to introduce ‘secondary supply’ alcohol laws in WA
Herald Sun
16 November 2014
Adults who give alcohol to children without parents’ permission face heavy fines under tough new laws.

‘Dry January’ linked to drinking less in long term
BBC
14 November 2014
Giving up alcohol for a month can change people’s drinking in the long term, meaning they drink less and get drunk less often, according to a study.

iPhone app empowers patients to independently manage alcohol addiction
iMedicalApps
11 November 2014
What if an app could help attenuate or extinguish alcohol use disorder? Or other addictions?

Vodka habits change as Europeans become healthier
Companies and Markets.com
11 November 2014
The European vodka industry is evincing a trend towards health: in contrast to flavoured vodkas, which retain a degree of popularity in the 18-40 age bracket, unflavoured, low-calorie brands are on the rise.

Prescription drug nalmefene prevents alcohol cravings, but not in Australia
The Age
10 November 2014
But let’s also imagine you’d like to cut your drinking down – but not give up alcohol entirely. Is there any treatment that can help? If you live in some parts of Europe the answer is yes: a pill that reduces alcohol cravings.

I don’t feel drunk, not even tipsy: the rise of female drink-drivers
The Guardian
9 November 2014
Mel Hurd’s experience of being caught over the limit could be the script for an anti-drink-driving advert.

Indigenous elders call for caution over FASD
SBS
7 November 2014
The Federal Parliamentary Secretary on Indigenous Affairs, Alan Tudge, believes Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder has reached crisis levels in many Indigenous communities.

$12 “vodka” sells out despite being slammed by alcohol research group
The Age
6 November 2014
A supermarket in Canberra selling 700mL bottles of imitation vodka for just $11.99 has sold out of bottles, after coming under fire from a health research group.

Drunk patients causing havoc in hospitals, doctors and nurses assaulted
The Age
6 November 2014
Drunk patients are causing havoc in hospital emergency departments with doctors and nurses regularly assaulted and other patients’ care compromised.

Teen drink warning for parents
The West Australian
5 November 2015
Permissive parents are being targeted in the lead-up to school leavers by a confronting advertising campaign that graphically depicts the dangers of allowing teenagers to drink alcohol.

Mayors call for Abbott to reform alcohol tax
Sydney Morning Herald
31 October 2014
The nation’s capital city mayors have asked Prime Minister Tony Abbott to reform alcohol taxation, saying young men “preloading” on cheap wine before hitting city nightspots were behind much booze-fuelled violence.

Fresh calls for ‘calorie information’ on alcohol labels
UK Independent
31 October 2014
Bottles of wine, beer and spirits should have calorie information displayed on the label to tackle alcohol’s impact on obesity levels, experts have said.

Should you be getting drunk in front of your children?
Herald Sun
30 October 2014
How kids see you when you’re drunk may not be as you’d expect. It could be quite scary for them, explains writer Bianca Wordley.

‘Urgent action’ needed to halt alcohol abuse in armed forces 
UK Independent
30 October 2014
Dangerous levels of alcohol consumption are “the norm” in the armed forces and the link between drinking and higher rates of violence among veterans must be investigated, MPs have warned.

Police and venues welcome reduction in alcohol-fueled violence
ABC News
30 October 2014
There’s been a 30 per cent drop in alcohol related crime since the introduction of tough new liquor accord measures late last year, according to the Oxley Local Area Command Licensing Sergeant.

What would you look like as an alcoholic of 20 years? Interactive ‘calculator’ reveals the toll booze takes on your appearance
Daily Mail Australia
27 October 2014
A new tool created by website Rehabs shows the negative effect excessive drinking can have on your appearance.

Swipe right to party: police concern over latest smartphone app
Sydney Morning Herald
27 October 2014
A new smartphone application that allows people as young as 13 to find private parties in their area is being marketed as the “Tinder for parties and events”, but parent advocates and police warn it is fraught with danger.

Bottle babies: the devastation of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders
Sydney Morning Herald
25 October 2014
No one’s sure how many Australians are affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, but the consequences for those who are can be devastating.

Fundraising ride to break ‘taboo’ of youth drug and alcohol addiction
ABC News
25 October 2014
A night-time bike ride around Melbourne in January aims to get people talking about the taboo subject of drug and alcohol problems for young people.

Australian-born parents more likely to supply their teens with alcohol
Medical Xpress
23 October 2014
A Deakin University study has found that Australian-born parents living in areas with a high number of bottle shops are the most likely to buy alcohol for their teenage children.

Self-driving cars will not help the drinking driver
The Conversation
23 October 2014
There is an unexpected revolution underway in road safety. 

The Australian Drug Foundation is part of plan to prevent drugs in Wellington
Wellington Times
21 October 2014
The Community Drug and Alcohol Team has started back up in Wellington following community concern about Wellington’s drug problem.

Battle over Wellington’s bar closing times
Stuff.co.nz
20 October 2014
Footage of drunken revellers partying on Courtenay Pl has been produced as evidence during the first day of appeals in a battle over Wellington’s liquor rules.

Alcopops are ‘fuelling a rise in liver deaths’, warn doctors as death rate rises 40% in just 10 years
20 October 2014
Daily Mail

The ‘alcopop generation’ is dying needlessly from liver disease fuelled by alcohol and obesity, a report warns.

Aussie sport criticized over “unhealthy” sponsors
Yahoo! News
16 October 2014

The biggest and most influential sporting groups in Australia are being criticized for signing “unhealthy” and high-profile sponsorship deals with beer and liquor companies, gambling agencies and fast-food chains.

It’s time to extend successful lockout to curb violence
Sydney Morning Herald
15 October 2014
It is now  more than six months since the introduction of lockout laws and predictably there are differing opinions as to their effectiveness. There appears to be more opposition than support.

Now there’s proof you’re more likely to be drunk after midnight
Herald Sun
13 October 2014
Alcohol researchers have proven true the saying: “Nothing good ever happened after midnight.”

Medicating alcohol problems shouldn’t mask moralising about ‘good’ and ‘bad’ drinking
The Conversation
13 October 2014
The use of nalmefene to reduce alcohol consumption was recently endorsed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

OPINION: Time for discussion on liquor licensing
Newcastle Herald
12 October 2014
The Herald has highlighted the growing disquiet of smaller bar owners of their “unfair and inequitable licence conditions and controls”.

NT’s Mandatory Alcohol Act called ‘racist’
SBS News
12 October 2014
The treatment of people with alcohol problems in the Northern Territory has been called into question after Senator Nova Peris labelled NT legislation racist and ineffective.

Some unhealthy facts about the demon drink
The Examiner
10 October 2014
Every weekend they roll into the Launceston General Hospital emergency department; their tongues heavy, their voices loud, and their bodies slack.

NZ navy bans alcohol at sea
Sky News
10 October 2014
The Royal New Zealand Navy has given up asking what to do with drunken sailors and has banned booze while ships are at sea.

Booze takes deadly toll as alcohol problems hit harder than drugs
Herald Sun
10 October 2014
Alcohol kills 10 times more Victorians than illegal drugs, according to latest data.

Work drinks: good or bad for workplace culture?
Sydney Morning Herald
9 October 2014
In every workplace there are rules and rituals. The rules are easy enough to follow, but it’s the shades of grey in subtle rituals that can easily be misconstrued.

Binge teens skip more school but academic performance not badly harmed, research suggests
Herald Sun
9 October 2014
Teenagers who binge drink are more than twice as likely to miss school than their peers, research shows.

Signs of success from outback Coober Pedy alcohol restrictions
ABC News
9 October 2014
Health services at outback Coober Pedy are reporting benefits from the South Australian town’s alcohol management plan.

Half of Australians unaware excessive alcohol increases cancer risk
The Guardian
8 October 2014
Many Australians are putting themselves at risk of developing cancer because they have no idea that drinking too much alcohol is an important risk factor, new research shows.

Let’s rethink self-help models for alcohol abuse
SciDevNet
7 October 2014
Research in the Caribbean on alcohol use problems shows that self-help groups need not be anonymous.

High alcohol intake ups risk of HPV in men
Tech Times
7 October 2014
Anything in excess is bad. In the case of men and HPV, a study has found that risks increase when high alcohol intake is involved.

Advocate says too many young men drowning due to alcohol
Sunshine Coast Daily
7 October 2014
Leading drowning prevention advocate Katherine Plint wants to see the annual rate of deaths in the nation’s waterways, pools and beaches halved each year until the figure is zero.

How bad is binge drinking for your brain? Doctors warn too much booze can slow development and contribute to mental illness
Daily Mail
6 October 2014
Young people who get drunk several times a week are at risk of suffering a mental illness, doctors have warned.

Warning labels about cancer on alcohol: do we need them?
Sydney Morning Herald
6 October 2014
How would you feel if your bottle of merlot or cider came with a health warning about the increased risk of cancer from drinking alcohol?

Domestic violence link to suburbs with more bottle shops and pubs
Herald Sun
6 October 2014
Domestic violence is worse in suburbs with more bottle shops and pubs, and women assaulted by drunk partners are more severely hurt.

New Qld crackdown on drunken violence
9 News
3 October 2014
When fewer Queenslanders turn up to emergency departments broken and beaten after a night of drinking and partying, the state government will herald its tough new crackdown on revellers a success.

Alcohol may reduce sperm quality: study
The Australian
3 October 2014
Drinking just five units of alcohol every week could reduce the quality of a man’s sperm, new research suggests.

DrinkWise alcohol industry beer goggles only serve to confuse
Drink Tank
3 October 2014
For an opinion piece that focussed on messaging, (DrinkWise a message about alcohol moderation most people support, Sydney Morning Herald, October 2, 2014) Drink Wise Chief Executive, John Scott certainly omitted some important

Gambling and alcohol ads ‘out of place’ at football grand finals
Christian Today
2 October 2014
The NSW Council of Churches has criticised the number of gambling and alcohol related advertisements displayed during the nation’s football grand finals.

Alcohol interlock devices mandatory in Victoria for drink-drivers who have licences cancelled
ABC News
1 October 2014
Drink-drivers in Victoria who have their licence cancelled will today have special locks fitted to their cars to prevent them driving while under the influence.

Sober October: when did giving up alcohol become a heroic act?
The Guardian (UK)
1 October 2014
Stopping drinking in the name of charity is all well and good. But cut out the social media gloating – it doesn’t deserve a medal.

Adelaide’s late night lockout hailed a success as Hindley St ‘reborn’ after alcohol crackdown
The Advertiser, Adelaide
30 September 2014
One of the city’s most popular but problem-plagued precincts has been “reborn” since tough new liquor licensing laws took effect a year ago today.

Most of Maroondah assaults occurring near pubs and clubs
Herald Sun
30 September 2014
New figures show that alcohol is continuing to cause harm in the Maroondah community, as authorities prepare for an increase in licensed venues.

New alcohol and drug prevention program for Queensland schools
Education HQ
30 September 2014
A new online prevention program which tackles issues of alcohol and drug-related violence will be mandatory for all Queensland secondary students in state schools as of next year.

Comedian Fiona O’Loughlin speaks out about alcohol abuse and attempted suicide
ABC News
29 September 2014
Last year, comedian and mother of five Fiona O’Loughlin checked herself into a motel under a false name and attempted to kill herself.

Anti-alcohol fuelled violence campaign by JWT Sydney calls for it all to Stop Before it Gets Ugly
Campaign Brief
29 September 2014
A bloodied victim of alcohol-fuelled violence carries a high impact message to would-be aggressors and their friends in a new campaign launched by the NSW Government and JWT Sydney; “Stop Before it Gets Ugly”.

We drink more alcohol on days of increased physical activity
Medical News Today
27 September
Worked hard at the gym today? Chances are you will treat yourself to a drink or two, according to a new study.

More want help for alcohol and drug woes
The West Australian
27 September 2014
Health experts are warning the State Government against downgrading any drug addiction services, as figures reveal clinics are handling more alcohol and cannabis problems and a surge in helpline calls from parents.

Grog shop ID scanners for NW
The West Australian
26 September 2014
ID scanners aimed at limiting the alcohol an individual can buy in one day could be in place in Kununurra and Wyndham this year.

Community group asks for help as drug, alcohol abuse wreaks havoc in Liverpool
Liverpool Leader
25 September 2014
Liverpool and surrounding suburbs are in the grip of a social problem and all hands are needed on deck to tackle it.

CUB take aim at alcohol awareness group FARE after Drinkwise ad comes in for criticism
mUmBRELLA
25 September 2014
Brewer Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) has taken aim at alcohol awareness group Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) which has today launched a social media campaign against the latest DrinkWise advert.

Would you like a beer with that? Alcohol may soon be available from service stations and convenience stores
ABC Central Victoria
25 September 2014
A new Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report says restrictions to alcohol sales are anti-competitive.

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome moving into second and third generations in some indigenous communities
Courier Mail
25 September 2014
Foetal alcohol syndrome in indigenous communities is moving into second and third generations as impaired parents affected by the disorder struggle to raise offspring.

Binge drinking negates protective gene
6 Minutes
25 September 2014
A gene variant has been shown to protect against alcohol use disorders (AUD) but any genetic protection may be lost for life in teens who binge drink, a study finds.

Alcohol-evoked drinking sensations differ among people as a function of genetic variation
Medical Xpress
23 September 2014
Taste strongly influences food and beverage intake, including alcohol.

New police ‘drunk and disorderly’ powers penalise Aborigines, youth, homeless and mentally ill
Sydney Morning Herald
23 September
New “drunk and disorderly” powers handed to NSW police to tackle alcohol-related violence are disproportionately penalising Aboriginal people, the young, the homeless and the mentally ill, the state Ombudsman has found.

Binge-drinking sessions put young Victorians at injury risk
Herald Sun
23 September 2014
Two-thirds of young Victorians had a binge-drinking session that put them at risk of serious injury in the past year.

Drink-drivers are to be constantly targeted in the coming months to cut drink-driving rate
Manly Daily
23 September 2014
Police have issued their strongest warning yet to “crazy” drink-drivers on the northern beaches.

Chemists warn personal touch will be lost when drugs sold with beer
The Australian
23 September 2014
Pharmacist Greg McGilvery does not want to see prescription drugs being sold by supermarket giants.

Ban alcohol planes to avoid ugly travel incidents, Drug Arm Australasia urges
The Australian
23 September 2014
AUSTRALIAN airlines will continue to serve alcohol to passengers despite a series of drunken incidents resulting in planes being diverted.

Alcohol is by far the most dangerous ‘date rape drug’
Guardian UK
22 September 2014
Studies suggest public fears about drink spiking are unjustified and that products claiming to detect it are of dubious value.

Competition review recommends longer hours, lower alcohol and pharmacy restrictions
ABC News
22 September 2014
Consumers can look forward to longer shopping hours, buying alcohol and pharmacy products at the supermarket and potentially cheaper road tolls if the Federal Government’s competition review panel gets its draft recommendations into law.

Sin city … bringing Melbourne’s crime wave under control
The Age
21 September 2014
Melbourne’s bid to become a 24-hour city has been marred by a wave of violent crime that sees about six people a day falling victim to bashings, robberies and sexual assaults in the CBD.

Alcohol — mother’s little helper
The Australian
19 September 2014
I know why women drink. I know exactly what it is that makes middle-class, middle-aged wo¬men drink because I am one. Or I mean I was one.

The enemy within: the battle over alcohol in World War I
The Conversation
19 September 2014
Worries over binge drinking, women adopting masculine drinking patterns, and debates over legislation to restrict alcohol consumption: World War I has strange similarities to our own time.

South Korean alcohol companies sued for customers’ alcoholism
The Cabin – Chiang Mai
19 September 2014
Last month in South Korea, 26 people filed a class-action lawsuit against Hite Jinro, Muhak, Korea Alcohol Industrial, the Korea Alcohol and Liquor Industry Association, the National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) and the government.

‘Safe drinking’ campaign prompts calls for sober rethink of alcohol-related advertising during football games
Sydney Morning Herald
18 September 2014
Families who sit down to watch the AFL preliminary final on Friday night will probably be swamped byalcohol advertising throughout the game, experts say.

Support for Indigenous Australians
18 September 2014
Drink Tank
A transcript of a presentation delivered by Professor Kate Conigrave and her colleaguePeter Jack, on behalf of Addiction Medicine at the University of Sydney, to the House of Representatives Inquiry into the harmful use of alcohol in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Alcohol hotspots of England revealed
Daily Mail
18 September 2014
People living in the North West of England are more likely to be admitted to hospital for alcohol-related liver problems than anywhere else in the country.

Diners feeling pressured to order alcohol or given attitude for not drinking booze while dining
The Sunday Telegraph
17 September 2014
It is the classic case of whine and dine – diners copping attitude for not drinking alcohol.

DrinkWise starts two-year marketing push, including more How to Drink Properly work
mUmbrella
17 September 2014
DrinkWise has kicked off a new initiative that will see Australia’s major alcoholic drinks firms push a united message in a show of industry collaboration that urges consumers to drink in moderation, kicking off during football finals season.

Giving birth and boozing? The risks of drinking during pregnancy
The Guardian
17 September 2014
With new research published about the harms of binge drinking while pregnant, what is the evidence for how much, if any, is too much alcohol?

State Government backs programs in schools and sports clubs to tackle drugs and alcohol
Herald Sun
16 September 2014
Schools and sporting clubs across the state are the target for a new State Government initiative to combat drug and alcohol issues in young people.

Alcohol sneaking parents under fire
The West Australian
16 September 2014
WA health experts are alarmed by research suggesting parents actively help school leavers to smuggle alcohol, even resorting to hiding it in baby seats.

Another Look At Why Alcohol May Be More Dangerous Than Heroin
Business Insider Australia
15 September 2014
An authoritative 2010 study led by former UK drug czar David Nutt found alcohol to be the most dangerous drug in the country.

Severe injuries through glassing, instability leading to broken bones, too much alcohol hurts you
Daily Telegraph
14 September 2014
Friday after at least a dozen drinks, a 19-year-old teenager headbutted a sign post — ouch! — sustaining broken teeth, a cut face and lips.

For the Roosters, the Sonny Bill Effect is sobering
The Australian
13 September, 2014
Topping the list of Sonny Bill Will¬iams’s far-reaching achievements might be getting the Roosters sober.

Alcohol’s hidden disaster: violence in the home
Sunshine Coast Daily
13 September 2014
A SUNSHINE Coast clinical psychologist believes most alcohol-fuelled acts of violence are not seen by the public.

Awareness call for alcohol’s child victims
The Dominion Post
11 September 2014
Of all the harmful acts attributed to alcohol, little is known about the “sleeping giant” among them, yet it inflicts serious and increasing damage, says Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills.

Binge drinking ONCE during pregnancy can damage your child’s mental health and school results
Daily Mail
11 September 2014
Pregnant women who drink four glasses of wine in one sitting can damage their unborn child’s mental health, scientists have warned.

First year students to spend £200 on alcohol in their first week at University
The Telegraph (UK)
11 September 2014
Students will spend more than £200 on alcohol and getting into bars and clubs during their first week of University, research suggests.

Last drinks: Boozing kills three Victorians a day
Herald Sun
10 September 2014
Excessive drinking causes the death of three Victorians a day, 18 assaults, and puts another 81 people in hospital, according to a disturbing report.

Relaxed alcohol zones for Wollongong to attract more food and wine events
Illawarra Mercury
9 September 2014
Wollongong’s city streets could soon host food festivals, wine tastings or pop-up night markets after councillors agreed to allow up to 40 alcohol-related events to be held each year in alcohol-free zones.

Breastfeeding mum kicked out of restaurant for drinking beer
Essential Baby
9 September 2014
When Crystal McCullough and her husband arranged to meet friends for an early dinner with their baby, they didn’t expect that it would end with a controversial news story.

Nested wine glass aims to pace you
Dr. Vino
9 September 2014
Drink a glass of water for every glass of wine and you’ll emerge from the evening hangover-free. Such is common wisdom and some French design students have made some new nesting glassware, hand blown in Holland, that help drinkers comply with this maxim.

PODCAST: Gold Coast leads Australia in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder research – Dr Doug Shelton
ABC Brisbane
9 September 2014
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome was identified in the 1970s, and it refers to the various disorders that can occur when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol – such as low birth weight, distinctive facial features, heart defects, behavioural problems and intellectual disability.

Our boozy culture is killing us
The Age
9 September 2014
For all the medical studies showing how alcohol is a major contributor to premature death and injury in our community, there are surprisingly few public education campaigns addressing the issue directly.

The number of students in alcohol-free accommodation in UCC has quadrupled
TheJournal.ie
8 September 2014
The number of students at University College Cork who have chosen to live in alcohol-free accommodation has increased to 24 this term.

Number of airline passengers behaving badly ‘on the rise’
The Age
8 September 2014
Cheaper airline tickets and boozing passengers have been blamed for an increase in the number of abusive incidents occurring on flights, a trend one international air organisation has described as a major problem.

PODCAST: Young teenage alcohol use a predictor of later drinking say researchers
ABC AM Program
8 September 2014
Allowing teenagers tastes of alcohol to try and promote responsible drinking might be counterproductive.

Teens taking alcohol cue from parents: National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre study
SMH
8 September 2014
Teenagers whose parents supply them with alcohol in early adolescence are three times more likely to be drinking full serves by age 16 than those whose parents do not supply alcohol, a study has found.

PODCAST: The social benefits of drinking
ABC Brisbane
7 September 2014
There are constant reminders about the dangers of drinking; indeed, the drinking habits of young people attract most attention in the media, but the benefits of catching up with friends over a drink is rarely a topic for discussion.

Alcohol Policy Coalition supports protecting kids from alcohol ads
Alcohol Policy Coalition
5 September 2014
The Alcohol Policy Coalition (APC) has welcomed the Greens’ policy announcement that will put alcohol advertising restrictions on the agenda for the 2014 Victorian election.

Smokes, booze put us high on death risk list
NT News
5 September 2014
One Territorian loses their life every three days to heart disease.

Duff Beer banned from Aussie shelves over breach of alcohol advertising standards
Herald Sun
5 September 2014
Can’t get enough of that wonderful Duff? Then you’ve got a problem, because Homer Simpson’s favourite frothy has been pulled from the shelves in Australian bottle shops.

Wine industry says health warnings would make it ‘global laughing stock’
ABC News online
4 September 2014
The idea of putting health warnings on alcohol labels is being tested on consumers, but the wine industry fears Australia could be ridiculed globally.

‘Drink Responsibly’ Messages In Alcohol Ads Promote Products, Not Public Health
RedOrbit
4 September 2014
Alcohol industry magazine ads reminding consumers to “drink responsibly” or “enjoy in moderation” fail to convey basic public health information, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Is Alcohol Killing Your Workout?
Health Magazine
4 September 2014
You’re smart enough to know that regularly downing a six-pack of beer will mess with your efforts to carve out six-pack abs. But how bad is a little booze, really?

Toronto Researchers Launch App to Treat Alcohol Withdrawal
Techvibes
4 September 2014
Researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto have launched the world’s first reported mobile app to help diagnose and treat alcohol withdrawal.

Alcohol, marijuana bad for teens in different ways
CBS News
3 September 2014
Drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana may lead to different types of harmful consequences for teens, a new study suggests.

Swedish promoter Mårten Andersson says it’s time Australia introduced alcohol-free dance clubs
Herald Sun
2 September 2014
Melbourne clubbers would be breath-tested at the door and turned away if they’ve been drinking under a bold concept tabled by a Swedish promoter.

Drugs, alcohol causing illness: 374 people need emergency help in a year
Wangaratta Chronicle
2 September 2014
More than one person a day needs urgent medical assistance for alcohol and other drug related conditions in Wangaratta.

Alcohol bans in Kimberley Aboriginal communities having positive effect, Minister says
ABC News online
1 September 2014
Alcohol bans at two Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley are producing positive results, WA Racing and Gaming Minister Terry Waldron says.

Ambos shock at drunken kids
West Australian
1 September 2014
Ambulances are being called out to 35 drunk children and teenagers a month in WA, in what experts says is a worsening trend in underage binge drinking.

The demise of the ANPHA: why it will be ‘drinks all round’ for the alcohol industry and others
Crikey
1 September 2014
A recent seminar at the University of Sydney examined the legacy of the Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) in an event also billed by some as “a wake for preventive health”.

Alcohol lockout zone gets mixed report in parliamentary inquiry
Sydney Morning Herald
1 September 2014
Aggressive behaviour has increased outside Sydney bars but the number of alcohol-related injuries at St Vincent’s has declined since the city’s 1.30am lockout was introduced, according to submissions made to a parliamentary inquiry.

Dealing with addiction: Japan’s drinking problem
The Japan Times
30 August 2014
Japan is renowned for taking a tough stance on illicit substances, but when it comes to legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco, it tends to turn a blind eye. People associate drug abuse with the criminal underworld, while alcohol is glorified for being an integral part of Japanese culture.

North Brisbane is Australia’s worst binge alcohol drinking area
News.com.au
30 August 2014
More than 700,000 Australians are binge drinking on at least 11 drinks in a sitting on a weekly basis and it’s a growing middle class problem.

Manly ferries boss bitter at booze ban
Daily Telegraph
28 August 2014
THE  chief of the company that operates the Manly ferries has expressed frustration at the rejection of his company’s application for a liquor licence aboard the Manly ferries.

Mum charged with alcohol, condoms supply at daughter’s party
News.com.au
26 August 2014
Many mothers want to make sure their 15-year-old daughter’s party is a great affair but, if proven, Eliane Mullen went way too far.

One-punch laws not the answer to drunken violence in Canberra: Corbell
Canberra Times
24 August 2014
The ACT government will not consider one-punch laws as a deterrent to drunken violence in Canberra’s city centre.

Calls to lift alcohol bans in Queensland Indigenous communities
ABC Radio PM
25 August 2014
There are growing calls for the lifting of alcohol bans in Queensland Indigenous communities. It’s been more than a decade since the former Labor state government introduced restrictions in 19 communities, to help reduce problems like domestic violence.

Sydney lockout laws: Health experts, local businesses at odds six months after new rules introduced
ABC News
25 August 2014
BBC News UK25 August 2014A leading cellist and former member of the National Youth Orchestra has told the BBC how alcoholism blighted her career.Rachael Lander spoke to BBC Breakfast ahead of her appearance in a Channel 4 documentary about addiction.

‘How I played classical cello whilst addicted to alcohol’
BBC News UK
25 August 2014
A leading cellist and former member of the National Youth Orchestra has told the BBC how alcoholism blighted her career.
Rachael Lander spoke to BBC Breakfast ahead of her appearance in a Channel 4 documentary about addiction.

Now that’s a school excursion! Students taught alcohol safety by going on an trip to their local PUB
The Daily Mail Australia
25 August 2014
It’s not likely the pub is on the excursion list for most schools students but for those at Sydney’s Engadine high, their local tavern was!
Getting them out of the classroom – students got to learn some valuable life lessons on what they can and can’t do when at their local watering hole, when the beer and wine starts flowing.

Warning: Alcohol Can Increase Your Risk Of Cancer
Lifehacker
24 August 2014
Australians have become accustomed to labels on cigarettes warning about the risk of smoking causing cancer and other diseases. And our research, published in the latest edition of BMC Public Health, shows similar labels could help consumers better understand the harms of drinking alcohol.

A minimum 10-year sentence for one-punch fatalities is too long
Sydney Morning Herald
24 August 2014
The proposed minimum statutory sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment for a punch that results in a fatality could do more harm than good to the young men involved.

Use a rule of thumb to control how much you drink
Health Canal
24 August 2014
Sticking to a general rule of pouring just a half glass of wine limits the likelihood of overconsumption, even for men with a higher body mass index. That’s the finding of a new Iowa State and Cornell University study to be published in a forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Drug Policy.

Which Country Drinks the Most Alcohol? Chart Shows Which Nation Has World’s Biggest Boozers
The Wall Street Journal
22 August 2014
It has been established that the most expensive beer in the world is sold in Norway, while the cheapest can be chugged in Poland. But in which country is the most alcohol drunk?

Hoteliers resist State Government moves to tighten rules for serving alcohol
ABC News
21 August 2014
The review of the state Liquor Licensing Act that recommends a tightening of alcohol service rules has angered hospitality industry officials.

Counseling Has Limited Benefit on Young People Drinking Alcohol
Center for Advancing Health
August 21 2014
Counseling techniques used to help young people with drinking problems may be of limited benefit, a new study suggests. In a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library, researchers found that an approach known as motivational interviewing did not substantially reduce drinking or alter alcohol-related behaviour.

Alcohol is destroying us: Four Australians share their stories
News.com.au
21 August 2014
Likes a drink, or drinks too much? Whether it’s an indifferent attitude to the excess consumption of alcohol, or our ignorance when it comes to the effect it has on our bodies, Australia’s most socially accepted drug is indeed destroying lives.

Alcohol is still the deadliest drug in the United States, and it’s not even close
The Washington Post
19 August 2014
Which intoxicating substance is associated with the most lethal violence? Devotees of the Wire might presume that cocaine or maybe heroin would top the list, especially if you asked the worst causes of violence in poor, minority communities.

Why the ‘I was drunk’ excuse is no longer valid
Sydney Morning Herald
18 August 2014
From shooting your mouth off to texting your ex, we’ve all blamed alcohol for our actions at some point. It turns out, the age-old excuse, “I was drunk”, is no longer valid.

Time to warn drinkers about the risk of cancer
The Conversation
18 August 2014
Australians have become accustomed to labels on cigarettes warning about the risk of smoking causing cancer and other diseases. And our research, published in the latest edition of BMC Public Health, shows similar labels could help consumers better understand the harms of drinking alcohol.

Yarra Council to vote on banning alcohol in Edinburgh Gardens across New Year period
Leader Newspaper
18 August 2014
Yarra Councillors will vote tomorrow night on a proposed ban on alcohol in public open spaces, including Edinburgh Gardens in Fitzroy North, on New Year’s Eve.

One-punch killers to spend 10 years in jail under new Victorian laws
ABC News
17 August 2014
Perpetrators of one-punch deaths will soon face 10 years in jail in Victoria, with the state introducing Australia’s toughest laws on such killings.

Lawyers condemn coward punch laws
The Age
17 August 2014
A minimum statutory sentence of 10 years imprisonment for people who kill by throwing a “coward punch” undermines the justice system, senior barristers have warned.

Alcohol tax urged to fund abstinence-based rehab
BBC News
17 August 2014
Drink and drug addicts should be treated in abstinence-based treatment centres paid for with a new tax on alcohol, a think tank has urged.

Alcohol-free parties to challenge Sydney’s youth drinking culture
ABC News
16 August 2014
A “dangerous” youth culture of going out to “drink till we’re on the floor” will be challenged by alcohol-free events in Sydney nightclubs, an anti-violence campaigner says.

The perfect storm: alcohol, drugs, and depression
The Conversation
15 August 2014
Robin Williams’ death earlier this week has unleashed an outpouring of grief. It’s undeniable that Williams brought much joy and laughter to the world, but he also talked openly about his depression and problems with alcohol and cocaine.

Drunk words really ARE sober thoughts: Alcohol doesn’t impair our ability to control our actions – it just makes us care less
Daily Mail
13 August 2014
It may be easy to blame your drunk behaviour, phone calls and texts on the alcohol, but a study has found this may no longer be a valid excuse.

‘It’s your choice’ the theme behind Drink Smart campaign
Balina Shire Advocate
12 August 2014
If you are drunk, violent and disorderly you are unwelcome in the Clarence Valley and will cop a $550 fine. That is the message licensees, state and local government are pushing with their It’s Your Choice: Drink Smart campaign.

More Tasmanians seek help for alcohol than other drugs, report shows
Yahoo! 7 News
12 August 2014
The drug Tasmanians mostly seek help for is alcohol, a new report on drug treatment in Australia shows.

Fines over drunken death
Brisbane Times
12 August 2014
A drunken, end-of-week bender that cost a 54-year-old man his life last year has now cost a former pub owner and two bar staff more than $60,000.

High price of alcohol drives demand for illegal drugs
Sydney Morning Herald
11 August 2014
The expense of alcohol is driving Australia’s high rates of illicit drug use, health experts say, as new figures show Australia’s combination of high levels of use and expensive illicit substances buck international trends.

Alcoholic drinks should carry health warnings, says parliamentary group
BBC UK
11 August 2014
Health warnings on alcoholic drinks should be introduced to combat problem drinking, a parliamentary group says.

NI health minister sees ‘merit’ in A&E fees for drunk patients
BBC Northern Ireland
11 August 2014
Northern Ireland’s health minister has said he can see merit in the idea of charging fees to patients who end up in A&E as a result of alcohol or drugs.

Illegal warehouse parties boom after lockouts
Sydney Morning Herald
11 August 2014
Illegal warehouse parties have proliferated since the state’s liquor laws were changed, according to club owners and music promoters, who say the partygoers are trying to escape 1.30am lockouts and 3am last drinks in the CBD and Kings Cross.

Don’t have a drink two days running: Latest advice from health quango sparks accusations of ‘nanny state’ meddling.
Daily Mail
9 August 2014
Britons should avoid drinking alcohol on consecutive days, the Government’s health quango is to advise. In a startling shift in official guidance, the public are to be told that they should abstain for a day after drinking.

The correlation between drinking with coworkers and success
Fast Company
7 August 2014
New research sheds light on the relationship between drinking and climbing the social ladder.

Drinkers dry up: Anti-booze messages, social media lead to teens trying grog later
Northern Daily Leader
7 August 2014
A COCKTAIL of advertising and social media could be behind a significant drop in the number of young people boozing, local community groups have said.

PERSPECTIVE: balancing alcohol consumption in our ageing population
Science Network Western Australia
6 August 2014
WHEN it comes to alcohol consumption, the drinking habits of young people tend to attract the most attention. However with the ageing population and a recent increase in the alcohol consumption among older people the issue of alcohol and ageing is becoming an increasingly important area of research.

Doctors call for ban on shopper docket alcohol advertisements
Herald Sun
5 August 2014
ALCOHOL ads on receipts should be banned, doctors say. And it is time for archaic communications between hospitals and GPs to be overhauled, the Australian Medical Association says.

Frankston and Mornington Peninsula councils commission study to target alcohol-related crime
Frankston Standard Leader
5 August 2014
FRANKSTON, Mornington Peninsula Shire and neighbouring councils have commissioned a sweeping study of links between bottle shops, alcohol abuse and criminal behaviour in the southeast.

Researching cities: do Melbourne teens drink more in the city or suburbs?
The Guardian (Aus)
4 August 2014
Teen drinking is widespread in Melbourne, but new research has found that where you live has a big influence on where and how you get your first drink – with implications for city authorities

Australian Drug Foundation claims flight attendants told to flout responsible service of alcohol laws 

Perth Now
3 August 2014
Flight attendants are serving up to a dozen or more alcoholic drinks to passengers and are told to flout responsible service of alcohol laws in the air. It has prompted calls by the nation’s peak alcohol and drug group for airlines to consider scrapping free booze.

Alcohol Commercials Strongly Affect Underage Drinkers
PsychCentral.com
3 August 2014
New research shows a strong link between alcohol advertising and underage drinking. In fact, young drinkers are three times more likely to choose alcohol brands whose commercials appear on their favorite television shows compared to other alcohol brands…

Are more people getting drunk and disorderly on planes?
The Guardian UK
2 August 2014
This week saw a drunk passenger attack cabin crew with her prosthetic leg and even Kate Moss boarding her flight looking worse for wear. With drunken in-flight incidents on the rise, one airline has taken action.

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder inquiry told men drinking could be as much to blame as women
ABC News online
1 August 2014
An inquiry on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) has been told men could be just as responsible for causing the condition as women.

Healthy alternatives to alcohol
Australian Financial Review
1 August 2014
As Dry July wraps up, some will be popping Bollinger for breakfast. But for others, abstaining from alcohol is par for the course and sparkling mineral water is about as bubbly as it gets when dining out – except at a handful of restaurants where sommeliers are pushing the boundaries with juice, tea and mocktail matchings.

Top sports stars are giving up the booze and reaping the benefits
Daily Telegraph
2 August 2014
Is the booze culture in Australian sport, finally dead? On the back of an entirely alcohol-free camp, the Australian swimming team recorded their greatest medal haul at a Commonwealth Games in 24 years last week.

Alcohol-related harms unacceptable – new research shows
Croakey
1 August 2014
A new report into the impact of alcohol-related harms on our community has found that alcohol kills four times as many Australians every year as those killed on our roads.

‘Sobriety tags’ to be worn by offenders of alcohol-linked crime in pilot scheme
The Guardian UK
31 July 2014
People who repeatedly commit alcohol-related crime will be forced to wear ankle tags that monitor whether they are still drinking, under a year-long pilot scheme.

15 Australians die each day from alcohol-related illnesses, consumption of wine on the increase: study
ABC News online
31 July 2014
Up to 15 people die and more than 430 are admitted to hospital every day in Australia due to alcohol-related illnesses, new research shows.

Booze? There’s no booze here… Sneaky alcohol flasks disguised as a hairbrush, camera and suntan cream bottle
Daily Mail Australia
28 July 2014
We’ve all had a moment in which we might not want to be caught with a drink. But if you’ve ever tried hiding a bottle in your welly at a festival, or sneaking a few miniatures into a club via your handbag, you’ll know that disguising booze can be a tricky thing.

Sharp fall in under-11s rushed to hospital for alcohol problems but parents are still worried about teen drinking
Daily Mail Australia
28 July 2014
The number of admissions to accident and emergency departments for children and teenagers who have been drinking alcohol has fallen – but the level of visits for adults has risen according to new figures.

Spirits and pre-mixers will hold a $1 tax effective August 1
News.com.au
28 July 2014
The Government will swipe about $22 in tax from standard-sized bottles of spirits and consumers will pay $1 in tax for every pre-mixed drink containing the hard stuff when inflation hits this week, an alcohol body has said.

“Ridiculous” cellar door tax slammed
The Young Witness
25 July 2015
Local wine producers have labelled the state government’s new liquor licencing fees as “ridiculous”, a move that will see cellar doors slugged with a new tax in a bid to curb alcohol-fuelled violence.

Alcohol can boost sense of smell, claims study
The Spirit Business
25 July 2014
According to researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, smell sensitivity can be dampened by a person’s cerebral inhibitions, which are lifted when they consume alcohol.

Teenage schoolchildren shunning drugs, cigarettes, alcohol and sex for clean living
Mirror UK
24 July 2014
Teenage schoolkids have turned their backs on sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, a report has revealed. Only 9% of secondary pupils in England drink alcohol at least once a week, compared to 25% in 2003.

There Are Huge Hidden Costs Of Alcohol And Drug Problems In Australian Workplaces
Business Insider Australia
24 July 2014
As an employer or a work colleague, would you know if someone in your workplace was struggling with an alcohol or other drug problem, or a mental illness, or both?

Drink up! The secret to being popular is at the bottom of a glass (or 12)
The Telegraph
20 July 2014
A new study has shown that what drink you order – and how many you have – is directly linked to your social status.

UOW program has people swearing off booze binges
Illawarra Mercury
20 July 2014
A controlled drinking program at the University of Wollongong aims to help curb the Aussie drinking culture.

7 subtle signs you’re drinking too much— and what to do about it
Fox News
19 July 2014
So how can you tell if you’re developing a problem? Not all the clues are the same for all people, but here are common signs you could be headed for trouble—and how to turn it around.

From tipple to topple: most say we drink too much
The Australian
18 July 2014
Two in three Australians believe the country drinks too much — and fewer than one in five say they are completely unconcerned about alcohol consumption, an exclusive Newspoll reveals.

New ‘vapour alcohol’ controversy
The Drinks Business
17 July 2014
A new gadget that allows users to vapourise their spirits and consume alcohol through their lungs has been met with condemnation from health experts worried at the ease with which it can be abused.

Alcohol Plus Energy Drinks Makes You Want to Drink More, Study Says
Time
17 July 2014
A recent Australian study found that when people drink alcohol with energy drinks they have a stronger desire to keep drinking compared to people who just drank a vodka soda.

Aussies smoking less but taking more drugs
Sydney Morning Herald
17 July 2014
About 13 per cent of Australians are smoking daily, compared to 15 per cent three years ago, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) drug and alcohol survey released on Thursday.

Sydney’s new bans on alcohol service come into effect this weekend
In The Mix
16 July 2014
Clubbers in Sydney’s CBD and Kings Cross will be banned from buying shots, doubles or high-strength premixed drinks after midnight as of this Friday July 18, as new restrictions on alcohol service come into effect.

Centennial Park becomes first in SA to be able to serve alcohol at funerals
News.com.au
15 July 2014
CENTENNIAL Park has won the right to serve alcohol at funerals.The Liquor and Gambling Commission has granted the Pasadena cemetery a special liquor licence, making it the first cemetery in the state allowed to serve alcohol.

How your wealth is affecting your health
The New Daily
14 July 2014
Money in the bank may be a bigger contributor to health than your age, according to an extensive survey.

Any alcohol increases dementia risk, middle aged are warned
The Telegraph (UK)
14 July 2014
Middle-aged people should be told to cut out alcohol to reduce their risk of dementia as part of new health checks from the age of 40, under new NHS proposals.

Sport clubs get drink message
The West Australian
14 July 2015
More WA sporting clubs are moving away from happy hours and long, boozy after-match drinks as part of a shift from the binge culture that many once survived on.

‘Preloading’ reaches epidemic levels among young adult alcohol drinkers
The Courier Mail
12 July 2014
PRELOADING has hit epidemic levels as more than half of the nation’s drinkers “fire up” with booze before heading out on the town.

Mixed reactions to push for .02 limit
The Border Mail
11 July 2014
A NORTH East road safety officer has backed a Victoria Police push to reduce the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers to .02, arguing it would reduce the road toll.

Alarming number of drink-drivers allowed to stay on road as .02 limit mooted
Herald Sun
10 July 2014
Anti-booze campaigners have backed a renewed push to reduce Victoria’s legal blood alcohol limit to help save lives.

Study: Alcohol sponsorship worsens problem drinking in athletes
Marketing Magazine
9 July 2014
Athletes sponsored by alcohol brands show greater problem drinking behaviour than those without alcohol sponsorship, according to a study by Melbourne’s Monash University and University of Manchester.

Pubs agree to serve weaker house wines: Drinks industry in deal to beat tougher alcohol laws
Daily Mail Australia
9 July 2014
Thousands of pubs have agreed to serve weaker house wine as part of a deal by the drinks industry to head off tougher alcohol laws.

Banning alcohol at mine site camps: What the punters think
Australian Mining
9 July 2014
Rio Tinto’s decision to ban alcohol at its Argyle mine site has divided opinion on social media.We sort through what people see as the pros and cons of a booze ban.

Alcohol pregnancy warnings missed
The West Australian
9 July 2014
Less than 5 per cent of Australian women can recall pregnancy health warnings on alcohol, a review has found.

John McGlue: The world looks different without alcohol
The Courier Mail
8 July 2014
I have largely adopted St Augustine’s approach to temperance — please make me good, but not just yet.

The two questions that could determine if you have an alcohol problem
The New Zealand Herald
8 July 2014
Two questions is all it could take to establish whether a person currently suffers from or is at risk of a drink problem, a study for GPs says.

Fiona Stanley and Rosanna Capolingua back Real Men Don’t Binge drinking campaign
The Courier Mail
7 July 2014
Two of Australia’s most respected doctors — Fiona Stanley and Rosanna Capolingua — have thrown their support behind a female-led campaign targeting male drunkenness.

How a single glass of wine can lead to binge drinking in teens
Health & Wellbeing
7 July 2014
A new test claims to predict which teens will become binge drinkers, with research revealing the potential significance of a single under-age alcoholic beverage.

Three strikes for more than 100 pubs and clubs
Sydney Morning Herald
6 July 2014
NSW licenced venues have racked up more than 100 strikes under the state government’s “three strikes” scheme for serious offences.

Thomas Kelly anniversary marked with halving of alcohol violence
The Sydney Morning Herald
5 July 2014
The number of people suffering injuries after booze-fuelled violence has fallen by at least 50 per cent in one of Sydney’s busiest emergency departments.

Alcohol and sport: how did it come to this?
The Age
4 July 2014
It’s day two of the fifth Ashes Test on January 4 this year. Mitchell Johnson’s inked arm catapults forward, launching a leather-clad missile down the SCG pitch.

Sexologist Dr Nikki Goldstein on how to date without alcohol this Dry July
News.com.au
4 July 2014
It seems that being single and living in Australia there is an expectation that you either like to go out drinking or when you meet another single person you might go out and meet up over a drink.

Australian mental health startup goes global
Startup Smart
3 July 2014
An Adelaide-based startup designed to give teenagers dealing with mental health issues peer-to-peer support is going global after receiving funding from investors and announcing a collaboration with a London-based business accelerator.

Alcohol backing raises risk of athletes drinking more
Health Canal
2 July 2014
Alcohol sponsorship and hazardous drinking in UK athletes are linked, a new study has found.

Binge drinking on hit list
The West Australian
2 July 2014
An alcohol education campaign being launched today warns that almost one in four West Australians is in danger of getting liver disease, cancer or stroke from long-term drinking.

Campaign aims to educate women on dangers of drinking alcohol during pregnancy
The Courier Mail
2 July 2014
Only 20 per cent of Australian women abstain completely from alcohol during pregnancy.

Alcohol-fuelled violence led support staff to flee Aurukun
National Affairs
1 July 2014
Support service staff pulled out of the Cape York community of Aurukun 18 months ago, after a surge of violence against workers.

Indigenous alcohol inquiry slams industry
Seven News online
1 July 2014
Woolworths, Coles and the big independents’ management of responsible service of alcohol is a “joke”, West Australian Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan says.

Concern mounts about the level of alcohol related admissions at Mid North Coast hospitals
ABC News online
30 June 2014
The head of the Coffs Harbour Base Hospital Emergency Department says despite heavy publicity about the dangers of binge-drinking alcohol-related admissions are not falling.

The case builds for alcohol tax reform
Financial Review
30 June 2014
The big end of the alcohol industry wants the Abbott government to reform alcohol taxes, and claims it would be in the nation’s interest. And guess what, it’s right.

Libby Stone, Blair Evans, Simone Heng, Melissa Marsh, Chloe Powlika and Ashleigh Nelson join fight against binge drinking
PerthNow
29 June 2014
SIX high-profile WA women have come together to speak out against male drunkenness.

Swinging sixties leads to pensioners supplying alcohol to youngsters
The Northern Echo (UK)
28 June 2014
Grandparents are among the biggest suppliers of alcohol to teenage drinkers, authorities say.

Study illustrates plight of homeless alcoholics
Addiction Professional
27 June 2014
A study published online this week in the Annals of Emergency Medicine painted a stark picture of the insidious nature of alcohol use and family dysfunction in the life histories of homeless alcoholics.

Kids get an eye-opener into binge drinking
Daily Mercury
27 June 2014
TO SAY Australia has an ingrained drinking culture is nothing new. But Mercy College Mackay is trying to change the attitude of its students, hoping to curb the effects of young people’s binge drinking.

How much alcohol is OK? Balancing risks and benefits
The Conversation
24 June 2014
For many of us, alcohol is an enjoyable backdrop to life: wine with dinner, beers with friends, a glass of bubbly to celebrate a special occasion, or nip of something heavier to unwind after a long day.

Comment: Hangovers, why
SBS Online
23 June 2014
The cause of hangovers isn’t what you think — and other insights from a new group that researches a very old problem.

FIFA World Cup Sponsors: Budweiser Partnership Changing Alcohol Bans in Brazil, Russia 2018, Qatar 2022
Latin Post
23 June 2014
Soccer fans can be passionate, particularly across Latin America. Unfortunately, that passion sometimes escalates to violence and death. In 2003, Brazil outlawed the sales of alcoholic beverages in soccer stadiums. For FIFA, the alcohol sales ban hindered one of the organization’s major sponsors: Budweiser.

ABAC revises alcohol marketing code
The Shout
23 June 2014
A new ABAC Responsible Alcohol Marketing Code has today been launched to strengthen and clarify guidelines that assist marketers.

UK supermarkets minimise price rises for the cheapest alcohol when taxes are increased
Medical Xpress
23 June 2014
Supermarkets in the UK could be hindering efforts to reduce harmful drinking by not fully passing tax increases onto the price of the cheapest beers and spirits, according to health and business researchers.

New guidelines for takeaway alcohol licence applications
NT Gov Newsroom
21 June 2014
The Northern Territory Licensing Commission has implemented strict new guidelines that will be used to assess future takeaway liquor licence applications.

Sharp rise in babies born with foetal alcohol syndrome
The Guardian (UK)
21 June 2014
The number of diagnosed cases of foetal alcohol syndrome in those born to women who drink during pregnancy has tripled since records of the debilitating condition were first kept 16 years ago.

Regional bars in breach of licensing laws, while nightclubs escape reprimand
Herald Sun
20 June 2014
Melbourne’s sleazy strip clubs and the CBD’s most notorious nightclubs have not received a single reprimand under the liquor licensing watchdog’s new demerit point system.

Risky drinking: 20% of adults affected
Canberra Times
19 June 2014
About one in five ACT adults drink alcohol at risky levels but men are three times more likely to do so than women

Revealed — how alcohol worsens night vision in drivers
The Health Site
19 June 2014
Know why drunk drivers see halos as they zoom past city lights, leading to traffic accidents? It’s because alcohol disturbs the tear-film that covers the surface of their eyes, leading to deterioration of vision.

One in five young people struggle with mental illness but few seek help: report
ABC News
19 June 2014
One in five young Australians are dealing with a serious mental illness but more than 60 per cent feel uncomfortable seeking professional support, a new report from Mission Australia and the Black Dog Institute has found.

Parents urged not to give children alcohol at post-exam celebrations
The Guardian (UK)
18 June 2014
Parents are being urged not to give their children alcohol as a reward for finishing their exams after it emerged that more than 15,000 intoxicated young people were admitted to hospital in just three years.

Don’t revisit a beer-soaked past
The Australian
17 June 2014
QUEENSLAND’S Aboriginal Affairs Minister, Glen Elmes, is right when he says Aboriginal women are far more reluctant than men to have alcohol back in remote communities.

The drugs kids are actually using
Essential Kids
16 June 2014
The sex talk is one of the most confronting conversations parents have with their children but there is another topic of conversation that is of equal importance and it often gets overlooked.Drug use is something that parents need to talk about with their children.

Affectionless, strict parenting increases cannabis and alcohol use in kids, study claims
The Independent (UK)
16 June 2014
Having authoritarian parents increases the risk that children will use drugs and alcohol, scientists claim.

Alcohol interlocks coming to a drink driver’s car near you

City News (ACT)
16 June 2014
SIMON Corbell has announced that from tomorrow drivers convicted of some drink driving offences will have a mandatory interlock condition after serving a period of driver licence disqualification.

Prospect of reintroducing Alice Springs’ banned drinker register sparks debate
The Guardian (AUS)
15 June 2014
The potential reintroduction of the controversial banned drinker register (BDR) in Alice Springs has sparked debate amid criticisms that the current policy of stationing police outside bottle shops is ineffective and racially divisive.

Underage Drinkers Are Binge Drinking Hard Liquors, Skipping Beer And Wine
Medical Daily
15 June 2014
Underage drinkers like the strong stuff. A new study found that teenagers are drinking in larger quantities than adults, and when they do, they’re indulging in more hard liquor than other drinks like beer and wine.

Alcohol firms funding charities in order to gain political influence, claims study
The Guardian UK
13 June 2014
Alcohol firms are adopting contentious tactics pioneered by the tobacco industry by funding charities in order to gain influence inside government, researchers claim in a new study published on Tuesday.

Alcohol and sport
BMJ
13 June 2014
Alcohol and sport are inextricably coupled. Alcohol sponsorship is essential to fund sporting events, so the story goes. Without advertising revenues, sport as we know it would not survive.

Cool kids at school more likely to commit crimes later
The Age
12 June 2014
The results of a ten-year study by University of Virginia researchers has found that teens who act cool in early adolescence are more likely to develop alcohol and drug issues and to have engaged in criminal activities later in life.

A day in the life of under-age drinkers
The Australian 
12 June 2014
Parents will be fined if their children repeatedly get drunk in public, under new laws devised to halt a rise in binge-drinking among Spanish teenagers — a problem the country calls “English drinking”.

To Protect Indonesian Youths, Deglamorize Alcohol
Jakarta Globe (Indonesia)
12 June 2014
We are undeniably witnessing increased social acceptance of alcohol consumption in Indonesia. Placed in convenience stores next to other beverages and food items, alcoholic drinks are readily available.

Wollongong alcohol-free zones cause confusion
Illawarra Mercury
12 June 2014
A University of Wollongong law academic says alcohol-free zones are “unnecessary and confusing” and, in many places across the region, are signposted to mislead people into thinking they can be fined.

World Cup 2014: festival of football or alcohol?
BMJ
11 June 2014
Brazil may be favourites to win the 2014 World Cup, but whichever team hoists aloft the trophy on 13 July, the real winner will be the alcohol industry, concludes a special report published in The BMJ this week.

One In 5 Australian Workers Admits Being Drunk On The Job
Business Insider
11 June 2014
A survey of 1000 Victorians found that nearly one in five employees admitted working while under the influence of alcohol, while 40% said they’d headed off to work still feeling the effects of alcohol.

Call to oppose Byron ALDI liquor licence
Echo NetDaily
10 June 2014
Byron Greens Councillor Duncan Dey will ask council on Thursday to submit an objection to the granting of a liquor licence to Byron Bay’s ALDI store.

Remote beam can detect alcohol vapor inside passing autos
Daily Mail (UK)
10 June 2014
Police officers may soon have a powerful new tool in their campaign against drink drivers. A laser-based device has been developed that detects alcohol vapour inside a moving car, and it could track down reckless drivers who are over the limit.

Take it from this alcoholic – Australia needs a national summit on alcohol
The Guardian (AU)
10 June 2014
My wife helped me get into AA, and it saved my life. Australia has a strong drinking culture, and its social acceptance has allowed us to forget alcohol’s harms.

Ban winemaking lessons from schools, says drugs body
The Courier Mail
9 June 2014
WINEMAKING classes for high school students should be banned because they promote alcohol to minors, the Federal Government’s drugs advisory body says.

Is Australian red wine too alcoholic?
GoodFood
9 June 2014
Debate rages about the merits of high-alcohol wine and a small group of Australian producers is ignoring the pleas for lower percentages.

Prenatal alcohol exposure tied to balance, coordination problems
Reuters Health
9 June 2014
Children who are diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder are at higher risk of having impaired gross motor skills, according to a review of past studies.

House party violence will get worse, campaigner warns
SMH
7 June 2014
What are your children doing this long weekend? If they are in their mid-teens, a house party is probably on the agenda. But a private venue doesn’t mean kids are secure, a safe partying advocate has warned.

Binge drinkers should pay for hospital beds
The Telegraph – UK
7 June 2014
People who repeatedly end up in casualty units after binge-drinking should be billed by the NHS, a leading think tank has said.

Alcohol ban likely for Gallipoli
New Zealand Herald
6 June 2014
An alcohol ban at Gallipoli where New Zealanders and Australians gather every year to honour those killed in World War I is a step closer.

Pre- and post-formal events: What role, if any, should alcohol play?
Doing Drugs with Paul Dillon
6 June 2014
You really have to ask yourself sometimes where this whole idea of pre- and post-formal events (often referred to as ‘pres’ and ‘afters’) came from.

Drink responsibly, defence says
NineMSN
5 June 2014
Under a new policy to reduce the harm amid a traditionally hard-drinking culture, defence says alcohol should be the exception rather than the norm for their functions.

Queensland Budget 2014: Initiatives combat booze-fuelled violence
Brisbane Times
3 June 2014
Tuesday’s state budget will include $44.5 million of funding for initiatives to combat alcohol and drug-fuelled violence, the Newman Government says.

Alcohol sponsorship: Doctors want to cut flow of liquor money in Kiwi sport
New Zealand Herald
3 June 2014
Medical Association tells investigating ministerial panel that ending alcohol sponsorship of sporting icons is vital if NZ is to see a shift in the culture of drinking, but sports bodies are resisting further restrictions.

Binge video drives teens to drink
Yahoo 7
2 June 2014
Health experts have called time on a slick booze-industry video they say promotes binge drinking instead of discouraging it.

Drinkers are ditching Kings Cross and heading for the suburbs
The Daily Telegraph
2 June 2014
Suburban pubs and clubs are putting on extra staff to cater for the influx of people ditching Kings Cross for a late night out and heading to the ’burbs instead.

Lockout and cars a lethal cocktail
The Daily Telegraph
1 June 2014
They may be escaping booze-fuelled violence at the end of a night on the town, but drinkers rushing to beat the 1.30am lockout have caused a spike in pedestrians being hit by cars.

Booze firm runs check on Family First man 
The Australian
31 May 2014
A Family First official has filed a police complaint against liquor giant Asahi Premium Beverages for “illegally” accessing his credit file in what he claims was a dirt-digging mission by the company.

Low fees, intensive tuition and no booze culture. This must be Europe.
The Australian
31 May 2014
At a pavement cafe on a cobbled, tree-lined square in the old heart of Maastricht, a group of British students sip their pilsners and reflect on the differences between university life in the Netherlands and Britain.

Staffing problems hit alcohol, drug services
The Examiner
30 May 2014
Problems recruiting and retaining specialist addiction staff have hampered the implementation of promised alcohol and drugs services.

Booze crackdown rejected
The Examiner
30 May 2014
It was revealed this week that from July 18, pubs, clubs and bars across central Sydney would be banned from serving shots, doubles and premixed drinks with more than 5 per cent alcohol content after midnight.

Kings Cross struggling to adapt to the new booze lockouts
Perth Now
29 May 2014
The notorious party strip is struggling to adapt to the lockouts that ended the 24-hour drinking culture.

‘I’m not a killjoy’ – MP on student alcohol crackdown
BBC News
28 May 2014
Seven universities have signed up to a pilot scheme to try and cut binge drinking.

Classy campaign a winner for safe drinking
Drink Wise Australia
28 May 2014
A radical social marketing program to change the damaging drinking culture of many young Australian adults has shown strong results in just three months.

No shots after midnight: new bans on Sydney alcohol service
Sydney Morning Herald
28 May 2014
Pubs, clubs and bars across central Sydney will be hit with a fresh crackdown on alcohol service from mid-July, including a ban on shots, doubles and pre-mixed drinks after midnight in a bid to prevent alcohol-fuelled violence.

Young people ‘pre-drink’ out of fear of nightclubs
The Telegraph
28 June 2014
It is a phenomenon that, perhaps because of its association with students, has widely been put down to a desire to save money. But young people who “pre-load” on alcohol before going out to bars and clubs do so because they find such venues “scary”, according to researchers.

Vic drink-drivers get interlocks by 2016
Herald Sun
27 May 2014
All drink-driving offenders in Victoria will have to use a device that stops them from starting their cars if they are over the limit.

Wine and spirits getting stronger amid drive to cut alcohol consumption
The Guardian UK
26 May 2014
Wine and spirits are getting stronger, official figures show, affecting government efforts to get the drinks industry to remove 1bn units of alcohol from high street stores.

Fundraising without relying on alcohol
GameDay
26 May 2014
Traditionally, community sports club fundraising activities often hinged on heavy alcohol consumption.

Drinking Alcohol Among Friends May Help You Avoid Dangerous Situations
Medical Daily
26 May 2014
Drinking in groups could help prevent alcohol related incidents. Those who drink alone are more likely to make bad decisions, according to a new study.

Underground booze slushies not as innocent as they look
New York Times
25 May 2014
Now that the weather has warmed up, Phrosties — a boozy slushie sold and delivered over social media — have become an under-the-radar hit in the city.

Duff Beer ‘dangerous’, says AMA
The Age
25 May 2014
The head of the Australian Medical Association has labelled plans by Woolworths to stock new alcoholic product Duff Beer in its BWS and Dan Murphy’s stores as ”dangerous” and ”increasing the social acceptability of alcohol misuse”.

‘Yobbo’ drunks the problem, not minimum drinking age, says Health Minister Lawrence Springborg
The Courier Mail
23 May 2014
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg has lashed out at Australia’s “yobbo’’ drinking culture, saying he wants to see binge drinking become as socially unacceptable as smoking.

UK travel insurance companies rejecting payouts if drunk
News.com.au
22 May 2014
Travellers in the UK who are hurt while on holiday are having insurance claims unfairly booted out — because insurers accuse them of being drunk.

Fetal syndrome ‘must be recognised as disability’
The Australian
22 May 2014
The federal government’s reluctance to recognise fetal alcohol spectrum disorder as a disability had deprived many Aboriginal children of the correct treatment.

Northern Territory tops list of river deaths
NT News
20 May 2014
The Northern Territory has the highest average river drowning rate in the country (1.81 per 100,000 population) – more than 2.5 times that of any other state or Territory, according to research released by the Royal Life Saving Society.

Police chief Ken Lay forecasts future .00 blood-alcohol limit for motorists
The Age
20 May 2014
Chief Commissioner Ken Lay says all Victorian drivers will probably have to have to produce double-zero blood alcohol levels when they drive – one day.

Health Check: does alcohol have medicinal properties?
The Conversation
19 May 2014
Since the late Stone Age, people have been drinking alcohol to help them feel better. For the most part, this has been in order to “remember their misery no more” (Proverbs 31:6-7). But it’s widely believed alcohol also has a range of medical virtues.

Slater and Gordon finds drunken violence scares Australians away from precincts

Perth Now
19 May 2014
FEAR of assault is stopping people from visiting entertainment precincts, a new national survey has found.

New face of alcohol promotion defies advertising restrictions
The Conversation
19 May 2014
The Australian National Preventive Health Agency (ANPHA) recommended in a draft report in February that the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code (ABAC) should include all forms of marketing within its self-regulatory scope, for example sports sponsorship and merchandise.

PODCAST: Boozey Facebook’s unregulated alcohol advertising
ABC Brisbane
19 May 2014
UQ Communications lecturer Dr Nic Carah joined Steve Austin in studio to discuss the lack of regulations on online alcohol advertising.

Bullying, bogus checks claims hit liquor licensing squad
The Age
18 May 2014
Strong doubt has been cast over the integrity of Victoria’s liquor licensing regime, with former inspectors alleging they conducted bogus checks of bars and clubs in order to meet the government’s performance targets.

Weighing up the cost of the health of a nation
The Age
16 May 2014
Imagine for a moment the government is serious about reining in health costs. What should it do? Should it invest heavily in preventive health, trying to change lifestyles so more people don’t get ill in the first place, or should it amass billions for medical research?

And now the bad news: red wine is not great for health after all 
The Conversation
13 May 2014
Nutrition research often loses sight of the wood for the trees by focusing on a single component of food. The latest example of this comes from a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine today that shows the much-hyped resveratrol may not be as super as previously touted.

Alcohol kills one person every 10 seconds worldwide: World Health Organisation
Sydney Morning Herald
13 May 2014
Alcohol kills 3.3 million people worldwide each year, more than AIDS, tuberculosis and violence combined, the World Health Organisation said on Monday, warning that booze consumption was on the rise.

Calls for drinking age to be raised to 21
The Age
12 May 2014
Pressure is mounting for Australian governments to raise the legal drinking age to 21 to protect the health of young people whose brains are still vulnerable to the toxicity of alcohol at 18, leading health experts say.

A note to media outlets & journalists about your impact upon Indigenous health
Crikey
11 May 2014
Media organisations and journalists need to reconsider how they report on alcohol and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, says Summer May Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman and public health researcher.

Sober reflections on TV’s big night
The Age
9 May 2014
I attended the Logies without alcohol or chemical assistance. This is akin to attending the Grand Prix and disliking noise and the smell of petrol. It is madness on a high scale.

Grammar suspends 27 kids over rugby trip booze-up
The Chronicle
8 May 2014
A drunken bender brought about 27 suspensions and a charge of theft for Toowoomba Grammar School rugby union players on a tour of South Africa.

Byron street violence down: police
Echo Net Daily
6 May 2014
A Byron Bay Liquor Accord meeting on April 30 was given some promising signs of improvements regarding alcohol-related violence, according to councillor Duncan Dey.

Big beer bottle proposed for Goulburn
The Age
5 May 2014
A big beer bottle proposal near Goulburn’s southern entry is already dividing opinion well before Council decides its future, the Goulburn Post reports.

Alcohol tax reform
ABC
3 May 2014
The National Preventative Health agency has recommended that a minimum price for alcohol should not be introduced in Australia.

Woolworths ‘intimidated’ regulator
Sydney Morning Herald
3 May 2014
A decision by the liquor regulator to ban shopper docket deals for alcohol was quashed after “intimidation” – including complaints to ministers and legal threats – by Woolworths, according to internal documents.

Anger at call to pull wine into line on tax
The Australian
2 May 2014
THE Winemakers’ Federation of Australia has hit back at the federal government’s prevent­ive health body over calls for wine to be taxed at the same level as other forms of alcohol in a bid to reduce alcohol-related harm.

Alcohol tax reform: a minimum price is in the public interest
The Conversation
2 May 2014
When former treasury head Ken Henry completed a review of alcohol tax arrangements in 2009 he described them as “contradictory” and “incoherent”. Earlier, former treasurer Peter Costello had been more colourful in his description, labelling the system as “a dog’s breakfast”.

Desperate measures to beat the bottle
Sydney Morning Herald
2 May 2014
Tim Byrnes is desperate to quit drinking. So desperate he had an implant inserted in his abdomen this week which could poison him if he hits the booze again.

Facebook’s newest friend over the limit
Canberra Times
1 May 2014
Social media is awash with alcohol promotion, with the country’s top beer, wine, liquor and spirit companies garnering more than 2.5 million followers on Facebook, according to new research which has sparked concerns about alcohol advertising regulations.

Making a difference
The Advocate
30 April 2014
The Australian Drug Foundation is proud to have this week reached 6500 community clubs as part of our Good Sports program.

Pub fined after patron skolls 16 drinks in two minutes
Nine News
28 April 2014
A NSW publican has been fined and a barmaid fired after she served 16 Jagerbombs to a customer who consumed them all in under two minutes.

Budget cash tackles Vic drug/alcohol abuse
SBS Online
28 April 2014
More people with drug and alcohol addiction will be treated across Victoria under a $38 million funding increase.

Bartenders are offering low-alcohol and no-alcohol drinks for warmer weather
New York Daily News
27 April 2014
Drink up! The latest cocktail trend will have you begging bartenders for more in a season when many cut back on strong drinks.

Headspace survey shows higher rates of youth alcohol and drug use
Murray Valley Standard
28 April 2014
A new Headspace survey has found considerably higher rates of alcohol and drug use among young people compared to previous national data.

Powdered alcohol will appeal to young drinkers, despite what the makers say
The Conversation
25 April 2014
The United States is on the verge of having powdered alcohol – in packets like Kool-aid but with the punch of a rum or vodka cocktail – on sale across the country. 

Boston Beer’s Jim Koch has a secret for not getting drunk
CNBC USA
25 April 2014
Samuel Adams founder and Boston Beer Chairman Jim Koch is the envy of many beer drinkers.

Drinking age linked to rise in crash risk
The New Zealand Herald
24 April 2014
Lowering the alcohol purchase age has been linked to a long-term increase in the chance of drunk drivers aged 18 or 19 being involved in car crashes that cause death or injury.

Violence drops as booze costs go up: study
News.com.au
23 April 2014
An increase in alcohol prices in the UK is partly responsible for a reduction in binge drinking and serious violence for the sixth consecutive year, a study says

Stronger teen drinking fears
The Examiner
23 April 2014
COMMUNITY groups have called for stricter regulations surrounding alcohol laws and advertising, with fears the current system is promoting a stronger teen drinking culture in Tasmania.

Alcohol industry’s complaints about TV advert’s cancer link thrown out
The Guardian UK
23 April 2014
Alcohol industry complaints that a television advertisement linking drinking with an increased risk of cancer was misleading have been thrown out.

Alcohol in pregnancy: why experts say no
The Pulse, ABC Online
22 April 2014
Drinking guidelines say women should avoid alcohol altogether when pregnant, but what’s the evidence low-level drinking causes harm?

Tough alcohol guidelines may lead pregnant women to consider abortions, experts warn
News.com.au
21 April 2014
Pregnant women have been scared into contemplating abortions after consuming small levels of alcohol, prompting calls for health authorities to relax drinking guidelines.

Dead Drunk: alcohol, violence and a night in Kings Cross 
The Conversation
15 April 2014
Two months after the death of 18-year-old Sydney man Daniel Christie, who was punched to the ground on New Year’s Eve, New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell introduced a set of measures aimed at improving the safety of nightlife in Sydney’s CBD and entertainment precincts.

Kings Cross culture: Youth worker reflects on Sydney’s ‘shadow at night’
ABC News Online
15 April 2014
Images of drinking, drugs and alcohol-fuelled violence are commonly associated with Kings Cross, but for Matt Noffs, there is far more to understand about the Cross, its people and its culture.

Early lockout imposed 
Latrobe Valley Express
14 April 2014
The Latrobe Valley’s largest late-night venue will shut at 4am on weekends and impose a lockout of 1.30am following a decision by the liquor licensing watchdog.

Risky drinkers in denial, survey finds
The Age
14 April 2014
Australians are in denial about their alcohol use with tens of thousands potentially drinking at risky levels and those in the most danger seemingly unaware they have a problem, according to the Global Drug Survey.

Time to blind-side binge on the booze barometer
Sun City Times
13 April 2014
My name is Bunbury and I am A BINGE DRINKER.
It sounds like such a nasty affliction, a horrible habit that only the down-and-out from the low socio-economic side of the road would be saddled with.

 

Police credit hard work for ‘remarkable’ drop in alcohol assaults
ABC News Online
11 April 2014
The head of the Bureau of Crime Statistics says the reduction in alcohol-related assaults in Newcastle is a ‘remarkable’ turnaround for the city.

Homeless people victims of increasing drunken attacks
Herald Sun
10 April 2014
HOMELESS people are arming themselves with weapons at night to defend themselves from drunken aggressors.

Global alcohol action group launched
The Drinks Business
10 April 2014
Nineteen of the world’s leading producers of beer, wine and spirits have announced the creation of a new global organisation to help reduce harmful drinking and promote responsible drinking.

Teens drinking less alcohol
ABC AM Program
10 April 2014
The routine, dramatic stories of the scourge of underage drinking might be masking an intriguing trend. New research published today shows more and more teens aged 14 to 17 years old say they don’t drink alcohol.

Show of the week: Dead Drunk 
Armidale Express
10 April 2014
From the makers of the acclaimed ABC documentary about the treatment of attention deficit disorder, Kids on Speed, comes this response to 2am lockout laws.

Pool party and movie night for local teens 
Parkes Champion Post
9 April 2014
Local teens are invited to the Forbes/Parkes Community Drug Action Team’s (CDAT) pool party and movie night as part of this year’s Youth Week celebrations.

A complex cocktail: alcohol, sex and cute monogamous mammals
The Conversation
8 April 2014
How does alcohol consumption affect romantic life? Let me count the ways.

General Assembly bans alcohol-inhaling device
My Eastern Shore MD
7 April 2014
Maryland may become the first state to ban the use of Vaportinis, a relatively new device that allows users to inhale fumes from heated alcoholic drinks, if a measure approved by the General Assembly is signed into law.

Minimum alcohol pricing: Canada’s accidental public health strategy
The Conversation
4 April 2014
I have watched with fascination as successive UK and European governments have pledged to make cheap alcohol a thing of the past by introducing minimum unit pricing or MUP.

NSW government paid to promote sales of low-cost wines to seniors
Bendigo Advertiser
4 April 2014
The state government is promoting massively discounted wine to seniors in exchange for money, despite a crackdown on excessive alcohol consumption in other age groups.

I learned the hard way of binge drinking’s dangers
Herald Sun
4 April 2014
Being “strong enough to say enough” is not always easy and it is even harder to persuade mates to slow down — but it is a challenge we need to meet head-on in order to change this dangerous binge drinking culture and keep our mates and family safe from the costly effects of Australia’s binge drinking.

Aboriginal alcoholism worsening: inquiry
Yahoo News
2 April 2014
Alcoholism in Aboriginal communities is bad and getting worse, says the chairwoman of a federal inquiry into the issue.

Laneway Festival Promoter Joins Fight Against Sydney Lockouts
The Music
31 March 2014
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival promoter Danny Rogers is backing a new plan to make live music venues exempt from the controversial Sydney lockout laws.

Drinks attack way over the top
The Mercury
31 March 2014
Alcohol and Drug Services Tasmania wields enormous power over politicians and the media. Because it is run by health professionals, its pronouncements are taken as though they were missives from a deity.

Jacinta Tynan on being un-Australian
The Age
30 March 2014
Our columnist fends off accusations of being un-Australian and raises a glass to six years of abstinence from alcohol.

Kings Cross bar closed after breaches
News.com.au
29 March 2014
A Kings Cross bar has been forced to close its doors to the weekend’s trade after it served customers enough alcohol they vomited and collapsed.

Brand stretching: alcohol advertising under the radar
Alcohol Concern UK
28 March 2014
The public is encountering alcohol brands in new contexts as drinks companies extend their marketing reach by linking their brands to non-alcoholic products. That’s the conclusion of a new briefing paper from national charity Alcohol Concern.

‘Racist’ alcohol laws and policing spark protest in Alice Springs
SBS
28 March 2014
Organisers and patrons in Alice Springs have marched in protest against what they have described as racist laws and policing.

Alcohol industry launches TV ad highlighting people’s rights to complain about its commericals
Mumbrella
27 March 2014
The alcohol industry has launched a TV ad that aims to remind consumer about their right to complain about booze advertisements they think fall foul of the advertising regulations.

Alcohol unwelcome at school balls
The West Australian
26 March 2014
They may have the dress, the date and the luxury transport but are Year 12s attending this year’s round of school balls well prepared when it comes to saying no to alcohol or drugs at post-ball parties?

Majority of Australians think nation has problem with alcohol
SMH
26 March 2014
Almost four in five Australians think the nation has a problem with alcohol, and more than three quarters believe Australia’s battle with the bottle will not get better over the next decade, according to new polling to be released on Wednesday.

Strong support for tougher alcohol laws
Ninemsn
25 March 2014
Support for hardline laws tackling alcohol-related violence and drunkenness has increased after a series of high-profile incidents in NSW, new research suggests.

Dry bars – is England sobering up?
The Guardian (UK)
22 March 2014
Britain may be falling out of love with alcohol. As more and more dry bars open across the country, could it be that we are entering a new age of temperance?

Gemma Bidstrup: Rethinking our drinking culture
Perth Now
24 March 2014
When I was at school, kids engaged in the most unlikely way of promoting a chocolate company ever. We’d call someone a “Cadbury”, which meant they couldn’t handle their booze. The idea was that a Cadbury got drunk on only “a glass and a half”, a phrase the chocolate company used for 80 years to describe how much milk was in its half-pound chocolate bars.

Police back Tomaree peninsula’s 11.30pm lockouts
Newcastle Herald
24 March 2014
Port Stephens licensees will be locking out patrons from 11.30pm starting next month.

Alcohol plans target trouble-makers not closing times
Brisbane Times
24 March 2014
Changing the players, not the game, is how the government hopes to tackle alcohol and drug fuelled violence across the state.

Anti-drink campaign loses sporty influence as no-sponsorship deals face review
The Telegraph
23 March 2014
A $25 million anti-binge drinking program offering sporting codes a taxpayer-funded grant if they forfeit alcohol sponsorship is facing the axe under the Coalition’s Budget review.

Anti-drink campaign loses sporty influence as no-sponsorship deals face review
News.com.au
23 March 2014
A $25 million anti-binge drinking program offering sporting codes a taxpayer-funded grant if they forfeit alcohol sponsorship is facing the axe under the Coalition’s Budget review.

Jack joins fight against alcohol and violence
Sunshine Coast Daily
22 March 2014
Jack Hooper is two years shy of legal drinking age, but he’s already challenging the culture of drugs and alcohol on the Sunshine Coast.

Health call for harder stand on pubs, clubs
The Age
21 March 2014
Victoria should follow NSW’s lead by introducing 3am last drinks in pubs and clubs and a statewide ban on the sale of takeaway alcohol after 10pm, health groups say.

More to the story on Nova Peris’s claim about the NT’s banned drinker register
ABC
20 March 2014
Emergency departments in the Northern Territory are facing “extraordinary” increases in alcohol-related admissions, according to the Labor Party’s Senator Nova Peris.

Starbucks serving alcohol at more locations
USA Today
20 March 2014
Like others in the ultra-competitive restaurant world, the coffee giant plans to expand the number of domestic locations that sell alcoholic beverages.

FTC Study Reveals How Alcohol Advertisers Use Digital Marketing
Adweek
20 March 2014
Keeping tabs on marketing alcohol to underage consumers, the Federal Trade Commission on Thursday released its fourth study of self-regulation in the alcohol industry.

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell rejects alcohol-fuelled violence legislation amendments
ABC
20 March 2014
The New South Wales Premier has rejected changes to the State Government’s plans for mandatory sentences in cases of drug and alcohol-fuelled violence.

Encouraging kids to plan for the future – why it’s tricky for teens
Kid Spot
18 March 2014
How do we get our teens to think about the future? In some contexts, I think that this may be the wrong question to ask.

Kids Fear Alcohol
ABC Radio
17 March 2014
A study by the Australian National University in Canberra asked children aged 8-12 what makes them feel safe and unsafe in their communities.

Soldiers film drunk pranks in Afghan war zone
The Sydney Morning Herald
16 March 2014
Australia’s elite soldiers have put their lives and those of others at risk with reckless and drunken behaviour while they were on a tour of duty in one of the world’s most dangerous war zones.

Serving alcohol to parents at school social events could have a bad influence on children, charity warns
The Independent
16 March 2014
Primary schools applied for permission to serve alcohol to parents at more than 8,000 events last year, leading to fears that children may pick up dangerous drinking habits.

With fewer alcohol violence related incidents at St Vincents the lockout laws seem to be working
The Telegraph
16 March 2014
IS it working? So few fights, so few drunks on the street. Over the weekend we saw very few alcohol fuelled fight victims. Even the injured from falls because of alcohol was statistically down.

Alcohol research groups oppose Northern Territory proposal to criminalise drinking while pregnant
ABC News
15 March 2014
A Northern Territory Government proposal to introduce legislation that could see pregnant women prosecuted for drinking is facing strong opposition from alcohol research groups and Aboriginal leaders.

Putting alcohol and fizzy drinks at the end of supermarket aisles DOES make us buy more – so could moving them reduce obesity?
Daily Mail
14 March 2014
Supermarkets could be blocked from putting sugary drinks and alcohol in premium eye-catching positions in a bid to curb consumption.

The Differences Between Amateur Drinkers And Classy Drinkers
Pedestrian TV
13 March 2013
In the spirit of the current Gen Y lauded ‘How to Drink Properly’ campaign – as an aid in avoiding being tagged the hot mess of your friendship group – we have put together a few helpful reminders so that when you are enjoying a couple of bevvies, you keep your game tight and your dignity intact.

Fiona Nash’s decision to axe drug and alcohol adviser has cost $1 million
The Sydney Morning Herald
13 March 2014
The government has paid nearly a million dollars to cover its sudden axing of Australia’s peak drug and alcohol body, documents reveal.

Alcohol for chronic, homeless alcoholics
Castanet
11 March 2014
Valerie was living on the streets of Vancouver, sleeping in the park with a plastic bag for a blanket.Valerie now lives at Station Street, an 80-unit supportive housing complex in Vancouver opened by the society two years ago, where a nurse or staff member provides her with an alcoholic beverage throughout the day.

Liquor logic might as well be written on toilet paper
Sydney Morning Herald
17 July 2013
There are people working in our supermarket and liquor industries who are treating the people of NSW with contempt.