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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Weighty claims don’t add up

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In response to a new ad campaign by Carlton & United Breweries, GrogWatch writer Ben dishes out some facts on whether low-carb beer does actually help with weight loss.  When…

Licensing blitz finds breaches in Byron Bay

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New South Wales’ Office of Liquor and Gaming was busy over Labour Weekend, descending on busy shoulder-season Byron Bay to record licensing breaches. There were over 30 inspections, which resulted…

Ka-Ching! pokie doco now on iview

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A documentary delving into the ways pokie machine manufacturers steer people towards problem gambling is now available on the ABC’s iview for a limited time. Watch the trailer: First broadcast…

Call to screen young offenders for FASD

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We’re only just beginning to understand how widespread Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) might be among the general population, and now Professor Elizabeth Elliott is calling for compulsory screening of…

A race to remember?

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Some of the sadder aspects of Australian sporting culture will be on display over the next fortnight, as the Spring Racing Carnival plays out in Melbourne and is celebrated across…

Shelved report recommends axeing booze ads in sport

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We’ve previously discussed a draft report from the de-funded Australian National Preventative Health Agency (ANPHA), but it’s now emerged that the report’s release was shelved before it could be made public. Indeed, it’s…

A tale of two taxes

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The costs associated with alcohol to the Australian taxpayer wouldn’t be new to GrogWatch readers — $15.3 billion, according to Collins and Lapsley’s report, which looked at 2004-2005 data.  One…

Event: Turning Point Symposium

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Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre are holding their annual Oration and Symposium this Thursday. The events are an opportunity for alcohol and other drug professionals to meet and establish…

Study shows strong laws mean less harm

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A study out of the US in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease has shown a correlation between strong alcohol policies and a reduction in chronic liver disease. Researchers gave states scores…

Two for one… it’s no bargain!

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We’re used to thinking about excessive drinking in licensed venues, including pubs and clubs, and the harms caused, especially drunkenness, violence and drink driving. Late trading hours, the size and…