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GrogWatch in review

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All good things must come to an end and after 672 editions, GrogWatch is saying farewell. We would like to thank you all for your incredible support over the past…

Release of the Alcohol Advertising Review Board 2015-16 Annual Report

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The Alcohol Advertising Review Board (AARB) has released its latest Annual Report, demonstrating once again the self-regulatory alcohol advertising system is failing to ensure that alcohol is promoted responsibly and…

Petition: Protect our kids and take alcohol out of the game

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Our footy idols are now walking billboards for the alcohol industry. Professional sport is saturating the game with more alcohol ads, when alcohol causes so much harm in our communities. Logos…

The violent truth – it’s time we got out of this alco-hole

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Here’s a thought experiment to conjure with:imagine the outcry that would occur if a drug was discovered to be connected to half of all the murders committed in Australia; imagine…

I don’t need another app for a boozier life

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“Have you forgotten something?” the pop-up window asked as I finished my online grocery order. The pop-up had a special that caught my eye: two boxes of Carlton Pure Blonde…

Has alcohol hijacked our nightlife?

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Since the release of On the Beach (1959), Melbourne – and more widely Australia – has been fiercely asserting itself against actor Ava Gardner’s slight. Apocryphally, she described Melbourne as…

Are Sydney’s late night premises built on a shaky premise?

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Of all the arguments Grogwatch has heard against the Sydney licensing reforms (only one of which is actually the ‘lockout’) the most difficult to judge is the claim that it…

Freedom from assault trumps 24/7 public drinking

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In this second part of our series on the so-called ‘lockout laws’ making headlines in Sydney and Queensland, we look at the philosophy behind the laws – why your right…

How many lives is a nightclub worth?

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At this year’s Australia Day ceremony, Dr Gordian Fulde was celebrated as Senior Australian of the Year. If you’ve heard of him previously, you might know Dr Fulde is director…

Why clickbait makes great headlines but terrible advice

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Grogwatch welcomes all our readers back from the summer break. After the seasonal festivities of Christmas and New Year, and the heavy consumption of food and drink that accompanies it,…