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2015 in a nutshell

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Our Grogwatch year for 2015 has come to an end. We have enjoyed bringing Grogwatch to you throughout 2015 and we have been gratified by the contributions and feedback we…

How do we school Schoolies?

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Newly published research into the Schoolies experience paints a dismal picture for parents, teachers and others who try to prepare young people for celebrating the end of schooling in company…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Another liquor review – have your say

Using social media to create change

Most people were shocked when Volkswagen admitted it falsified emission controls in its diesel engines so they could pass air pollution tests. Volkswagen’s liberty with the truth illustrates the need…

Why aren’t we saying we’re in an alcohol epidemic?

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Over the last twelve months, we’ve heard from the media that we’re in the middle of an ‘ice epidemic’ because of the huge harm the drug is causing individuals, loved…

Big booze puts ad profits before kids

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The Alcohol Advertising Review Board (AARB) recently presented its 2014-15 Annual Report, which makes fascinating reading for people concerned about the effects of alcohol advertising. The Alcohol Advertising Review Board…

It’s a thin line between choice and harm

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A Senate Inquiry looking at measures introduced to restrict personal choice ‘for the individual’s own good’ is currently underway, and submissions are due 18 September 2015. The Inquiry is looking…